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Saturday, May 30, 2009
Clint Hurdle firing falloutPosted by Derek Carty at 10:41pm
As you know, Clint Hurdle was fired a couple days ago and was replaced by bench coach Jim Tracy. So far, the fallout has seemed to impact Garrett Atkins, Clint Barmes, Troy Tulowitzki, and Ian Stewart the most. Tracy had very nice things to say about Atkins recently, who he has since promoted to the cleanup spot in the order (h/t Yahoo!'s RotoArcade):
"I sat over on the other side of the field in this ballpark for a number of years and I watched Garrett Atkins drive in over 200 and some odd runs over the course of a couple of different seasons. If we're going to turn some things around, he needs to be in the middle of our order...He just needs to find some green grass."
This spells bad news for Stewart, who will likely loose a little play time to Atkins. It also pushes Brad Hawpe to 5th in the order. Tracy's emergence also has had a positive impact on Clint Barmes, who has now batted 2nd in both games managed by Tracy. This pushes the struggling Tulowitzki down to 6th.
And if you're wondering — I don't imagine you are, but I'll continue anyway — these moves help me out in my leagues . I've got Barmes in LABR NL and Atkins in FSIC NL.
Derek Carty, 23, has also been published by NBC's Rotoworld, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, and USA Today. This season, he'll be contributing to FanDuel and will be linking to all of his work at DerekCarty.com. In his three years competing in expert leagues, he has won 2 titles with 4 top three finishes, including a LABR NL title in 2009, making him the youngest person to ever win a major expert league title. Derek is a proud graduate of the MLB Scouting Bureau's Scout Development Program and is a firm believer in the importance of combining stats and scouting. He welcomes questions via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
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