Friday, June 13, 2014

The pro's pro

That would be Tim Hudson, who is making the front office look like a bunch of geniuses for signing him during the offseason. 

I thought of this just because of the comments Hudson made about Brandon Crawford in the mlb.com story about yesterday's 7-1 vic, written by Ryan Hood --

Angel Pagan made a sliding grab in deep center to rob Jayson Werth of extra bases in the fourth. Crawford ranged to his left to corral a grounder from the speedy Denard Span before stepping on second and making the throw to first in time to preserve the then-2-1 lead in the fifth. An inning later, Crawford ranged to his right with two on and one out, scooping up the Zimmerman grounder in time to throw Werth out at third.
"He hit that ball pretty good and it hit the lip of the grass and it popped up, it was a big play for us right there," Hudson said of Crawford's double play. "He's much better defensively than I anticipated coming into Spring Training. He's really blown me away with his defensive skills."
After playing with Andrelton Simmons, arguably the game's best defensive shortstop, Hudson has grown accustomed to being backed by outstanding defensive play at the position. He believes Crawford belongs in the same discussion defensively as Simmons.
"Crawford is way better than people give him credit for," Hudson said, "and a lot of fun to watch. Every ball that gets hit to that side of the field I feel like he's going to make a play on."
Crawford has exceeded Hudson's expectations and Bochy believes the same can be said about Hudson.
"We were very excited about getting him here," Bochy said, "and he's done all we thought he could do and more."

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