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    导出博客文章When Brett Lawrie arrived with the Blue Jays in 2011, he looked even at age 21 to have the raw potential to become one of the franchises greats. Scarpe Nike Air Max Prezzi Bassi . In a 43-game stint, he batted .293 with nine homers and 25 runs batted in with a .953 OPS. He played spectacular defence and seemed to have a skill for pumping up his teammates and electrifying the crowd. You had to ask yourself how Milwaukee let him get away in that trade for right hander Shaun Marcum? But in the last two seasons, Lawrie has gone through some growing pains. Hes had injury problems, some awkward in-game moments, such as throwing a batting helmat in the direction of an ump, and the berating of a teammate for a perceived miscue on the bases. (Lawrie was wrong). On top of that his production has dropped off, to the point where some have wondered if that blaze of glory in his first stint with the club was a fluke or a flash in the pan. The thing to remember is, Brett Lawrie is only 24. Skipper John Gibbons suggested this week that Bretts peak performance years could still be a couple of seasons away. If you go by a couple of third basemen from the Blue Jays past, Gibbons may well be right. Kelly Gruber spent nine years with the Jays, hitting .259 with 114 homers, 439 runs batted in and 80 stolen bases. He was stolen away from Cleveland in the Rule 5 draft and spent his first couple of years as a Jack-of-all-trades utility man before becoming the primary third baseman in 1987. At age 24 for the Jays he hit just .196 with five homers and 15 runs batted in. It took until 1990 for him to have a star impact season. At 28 years old, he hit .274 with 31 homers and 118 RBIs. Gruber was still the starting third sacker for a division title run in 1991 and for the Jays first World Series victory over Atlanta in 1992. Ed Sprague offers up another example of a player who peaked in his late 20s. Sprague was the Jays regular third baseman for six seasons. After Gruber was moved to the Angels, Sprague took over at third in 1993 at 26. He hit .260 with 12 homers and 73 runs batted in and was a key member of the Jays second straight World Series victory over the Phillies in 1993. Still he didnt have his first really big year until he was 29, when he broke through with 36 homers and drove in 101 runs. Yes there are exceptions to the rule...guys who hit the ground running and continue to thrive practically from the moment they arrive in the Majors. Two of those kind of guys enjoyed brief stints with the Blue Jays in the last decade. Troy Glaus came over from the Diamondbacks along with Sergio Santos in a deal for right hander Miguel Batista and infielder Orlando Hudson. Glaus played third for the Jays for two seasons in 2006 and 2007. As a 22-year-old with his original club the Angels, he hit .240 with 29 homers and 79 runs batted in. At 24 with the Halos, he upped his power numbers to 41 homers and 108 runs batted in. Glaus had a good year with the Jays in 06, but his numbers fell off a bit in 2007, and he ultimately asked for a trade since the artificial turf at Rogers Centre was playing havoc with his back. The Jays dealt Glaus to St. Louis for another standout third baseman in Scott Rolen, who had had a falling out with Cards manager Tony LaRussa. As a 22-year-old with his original club the Phillies, Rolen - arguably the best defensive third baseman the Jays have ever had - hit .283 with 21 homers and 92 runs batted in. Rolen only spent one season with the Jays, at age 33 before asking for a trade to the U.S. midwest to be closer to his family. He wound up going to Cincinnati in a deal that saw the Jays land two pitchers, Zach Stewart and Josh Roenicke and a guy named Edwin Encarnacion. The point of all this is, Lawrie is still young enough to take off the way Rolen and Glaus did, or he may take a little longer like Gruber or Sprague. If you want to pipe dream a bit, consider Royals legendary Hall of Famer George Brett. At 24 he batted .312 with 22 homers and 88 runs batted in. The bottom line on Lawrie is, with the defence he plays, and the infectious hustle he plays with, the Blue Jays will be very patient with him indeed. The real Brett Lawrie could even emerge this season, if only he can stay healthy. Spring Roots The Blue Jays may not be leaving their spring training home in Dunedin after all. About a year ago a story first surfaced that the Houston Astros were talking with the Jays about teaming up with them on a new two-team state of the art facility in Palm Beach County on Floridas east coast. The Astros lease with Kissimmee, Florida runs through 2016, so the target date for moving obviously would have been 2017. However a local group of citizens didnt want any part of having this type of complex in their area and threatened a lawsuit. So now the Astros are looking elsewhere in Palm Beach County and are now talking with the Washington Nationals about being their potential partners. Scarpe Air Max Outlet . This is an exercise I have undertaken a few times, starting in 2009, and hope that Ive refined my approach a little bit in that time to help paint a better picture. Air Max Italia . Mauer struck out to end the inning, with a runner on third base in the seventh on Wednesday and the Twins trailing 1-0. Everybody does this, of course, in a sport with a 30 per cent success rate at the plate long proven to be a benchmark of excellence.VANCOUVER, BC – Theyre not quite at the midway mark of their season – that will come Tuesday night in Nashville – but the Vancouver Canucks have lurched to the 40-game mark which offers a nice round number with which to work when assessing their season so far. And all things considered, the first 40 games have offered a little bit of everything from a hockey club that faced many questions in its first year under new management, with a new head coach and with a number of new faces in the lineup. However, with a recent dip in scoring, it seems some of the same old questions persist and several new ones have been raised after a somewhat troubling homestand. Professional sport is a what have you done for me lately business and unfortunately, there are too many Canucks who havent done much in recent weeks. With just one goal in their past seven periods – on 71 shots in that span, I might add – the Canucks have to start asking themselves where the offence has gone and where its going to come from when teams get into lockdown mode as the battles heighten for playoff spots down the stretch. The Canucks opened the season with 13 wins and a shootout loss in their first 20 games (13-6-1 for 27 points). They scored 59 goals and allowed 59, spreading the offence and finding ways to win the close games while a few blowout losses accounted for the higher than desired goals against. As theyve done for the better part of a decade now, Henrik Sedin (5+15=20) and Daniel Sedin (4+16=20) led the Canucks offence and produced at a point-a-game clip over the first 20 outings and new linemate Radim Vrbata came out firing with nine goals in his first 20 games. Vrbata was followed closely in the goal-scoring derby by fellow newbie Nick Bonino (7+8=15) while another newcomer Linden Vey (4+5=9) chipped in capably in the teams first 20 contests. The second 20-game portion of the schedule started with three straight victories over Chicago, New Jersey and with a 5-0 win in Columbus on November 30th, the Canucks slept on the NHL lead with a record of 16-6-1 and 33 points in their first 23 games. However since that night in mid-Ohio, the Canucks have been spinning their wheels with seven wins in their past 17 outings (7-8-2). All told, the team went 10-8-2 (22 pts) in its second 20-game stretch of the season with the offence dropping to 52 goals while the Canucks managed to tighten up defensively -- even without Dan Hamhuis, who was injured in Game 20 and hasnt played since -- surrendering 44 goals. As they did in the first 20-game segment, the Sedins paced the Canucks offensively with Daniel (4+12=16) leading the way and Henrik (3+12=15) just a point back. Linemate Vrbata was again the Canucks leading goal-scorer in the second 20-game stretch, registering seven goals during the span. So across the board, there was slippage in scoring from the Canucks top trio, but not significantly enough to sound the alarm. No, the alarm is needed for the next six forwards, particularly the second liners. While Nick Bonino settled in nicely in his new surroundings in the first six weeks of the season, he has gone into hiding offensively in the past month. After recording 15 points in his first 20 games, Boninos contributions were cut in half in the second segment with just seven points while Chris Higgins, who had opened the season with 12 points in his first 20 games, dried up in the next 20 with five. Alex Burrows, who has shuttled up and down the lineup in recentt weeks, has held steady from segment to segment with nine points in the first 20 games and eight in the past 20. Air Max Scontatissime. Brad Richardson and Shawn Matthias were both strong in a 10-game stretch (Games 21-30), but have seen their offensive contributions all but vanish in the past 10 games. Segment over segment, Richardson started the year with seven points and Matthias had five in the first 20 games. Richardson upped his output to 12 and Matthias chipped in with seven in the most recent 20-game stretch. Zack Kassian missed most of the second 20-game stretch of the season with an injury and only recently returned, but he has just five points on the season and has just one goal since opening night so he gets lumped in with the rest of the struggling scorers. Fourth liners Jannik Hansen (5+1=6/4+5=9) and Derek Dorsett (2+4=6/2+5=7) have remained fairly consistent in their production and have chipped in with timely scoring – although like many others on the team, the goals have dried up in recent weeks. The concern for the Canucks is the past 10-game segment was played primarily on home ice and did not include any back-to-back games. The team went 5-4-1 scoring 24 goals while giving up 18. However, seven of the 24 goals came in one game against Arizona and the stretch also included two empty net goals against Detroit and an own-goal versus Calgary. Take those scoring plays out of the mix and that leaves 14 goals over nine games. Overall, the Canucks have 18 goals from their forward group in the past 10 games led by Radim Vrbata with four, Alex Burrows three, Daniel Sedin has two and Henrik Sedin scored both of his goals in that stretch into an empty net against the Red Wings. Seven other forwards have netted a single goal over the past 10 games. And on too many nights of late, this years Canucks resemble the team of a year ago that struggled so mightily to put the puck in the net. Willie Desjardins and his coaching staff have to figure out how to get this group scoring again or it will be a monumental challenge in the second half of the season to stay with the pack in the Pacific Division and in the Western Conference wild card race. The Canucks have received sensational goaltending since Christmas and have had one of the leagues top penalty kills all season long and those elements have helped them pick up points over the past two weeks. But that can only take a team so far. They could certainly use a few more chances on the power play in the next segment of the schedule – they had 67 power plays in the first 20 games but just 52 in the past 20 as their power play goals dropped slightly from 13 to 11. So the power play percentage rose segment over segment, even though the number of goals declined. On Saturday against Calgary, the Canucks didnt have the chance to work with the man-advantage – the second time that has happened in the past six games. That was the latest example of the Canucks struggles to score. They outplayed their Alberta rivals – and held a wide 36-23 edge in shots. But at the end of the night, none of that mattered. The bottom line was the Flames found a way to put a puck in the net while the Canucks were left to wonder where the offence that was there for them early in the season has gone. And it has some observers wondering whether they can get it back or if changes will have to be made to keep the Canucks competitive as they begin the third 20-game segment of their season. 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      December 17, 2018 10:48 PM PST

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