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View Poll Results: Confident in Walton, or want another?
Walton 35 68.63%
Blake 6 11.76%
Kuper 10 19.61%
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:38 PM   #51
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I just heard an interview with Franklin on the radio. He says that in these walkthroughs right now they have Manny Ramirez stepping in at starting center. I guess that we can add his name to the list of candidates to compete in camp.
That is because we have no healthy players yet, but whatever.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:12 PM   #52
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Hmmmm.... Two thirds like Walton. One third crapping bricks. Sounds like the OM regular customers.....
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:21 PM   #53
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Pretty much. Both Blake and Walton were healthy when Koppen was signed. Koppen was signed 9/11. Blake hurt his thumb in practice on 9/14, and placed on IR 9/18. Walton hurt ankle 9/30 and placed on IR 10/1.

They got Koppen pretty cheap, and I'm not sure his signing was necessarily indicative of a problem with Blake.
Blake was unimpressive in camp and I think they brought Koppen in because they didn't trust Blake to step up if Walton went down. Very fortunate for us that they did. 1st Blake then Walton both went out , and Koppen was able to step in seamlessly since he had been able to practice for 3 weeks or so, and was an experienced vet.

Although the line seemed to do better with Koppen in, I think it was more the level of competition went down at the same time Walton went to IR, as well as the team finally gelling with the new system in general, and the rust finally getting really knocked off for PM.
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