the ex-Boston short-Stop, never used Fenway to his particular advantage and
should hit just as well in California.
Hobson, the third baseman sent from Boston to California, is in for trouble.
His home-run frequency will hold up, but his average will plummet so much that,
in combination with his poor defensive play, it will make him a bad risk. The
Angels will eventually bench him, since they already have an abundance of
designated hitters and first basemen, and there's no other place to play
Hobson. So he'll wind up hitting .230, with 15 to 22 home runs, in no more than
350 to 450 at bats.
•Joe Rudi will
drive in 100 runs in Boston if he's healthy and playing. "But," adds
James, "if he'd been healthy, he would have done it in California."
James seems to be
going a bit farther out on a limb this time, as though trying to engender the
attention he feels he deserves but hasn't received enough of yet. Nonetheless,
he claims, "It's not important to me that people agree with what I have to
say, just as long as they understand why I've said it." A couple of years
ago, after he had noted that Bobby Murcer, then with the Cubs, had an
embarrassingly low Range Factor, James received a letter from an outraged
Murcer fan who declared that Bobby was "acknowledged to be one of the best
rightfielders in baseball."
If you say so,
James replied; still, he pointed out, the fact couldn't be disputed that Murcer
got to fewer batted balls per game than any other rightfielder in the
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