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Blue Wave Moving to Aquire Sprague

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  • aladdinsane
    There is a story in today s Nikkan Sports indicating that the Orix Blue Wave are trying to aquire former Blue Jay and Padre Ed Sprague. Club officials
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 29, 2000
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      There is a story in today's Nikkan Sports indicating that the Orix
      Blue Wave are trying to aquire
      former Blue Jay and Padre Ed Sprague. Club officials anticipate that
      Sprague will replace Ichiro as
      the team's number four hitter. What they're really hoping for is that
      Sprague shows off the same form
      in 2001 for the Blue Wave that he showed in Toronto in 1996, when he had
      career highs in homers
      (36) and RBIs (101).
      Oddly, one team official is saying that Sprague doesn't strike out
      a lot, but a quick perusal of
      his MLB stats
      (http://www.majorleaguebaseball.com/u/baseball/mlb/players/player_8086.htm)

      indicates that Sprague whiffed slightly more than 20% of his at bats
      lifetime. The same year he
      hit the 36 homers, he fanned 146 times in 591 at bats.
      Last season, he split time between Boston and San Diego, where he
      hit .243 (close to his overall
      lifetime average) with 12 dingers and drove in 36 runs in 268 official
      at bats. It is expected that it
      will cost Orix more than a million dollars to get the 33 year old
      Sprague's signature. Orix hasn't said
      what position Sprague will play, but he is mostly a corner infielder who
      can play catcher in an
      emergency. He is only adequate defensively.

      Gary
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