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Call-up Peter Bourjos pushes Torii Hunter out of center field for first time since 1999

Aug 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

Peter Bourjos is considered one of the elite defensive center fielders among prospects and Torii Hunter ceased being an excellent defender several years ago, so it makes sense that the Angels would use Bourjos in center field for his big-league debut tonight while sliding Hunter to right field.
Of course, given Hunter’s nine straight Gold Glove awards and the widely held perception that he remains an elite defender I’m still shocked that the Angels are, you know, actually doing it.
Give manager Mike Scioscia and the Angels some credit for putting their best outfield defense on the field regardless of reputations and give Hunter some credit for (presumably) being OK with the move.

  1. mike wants wins - Aug 3, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    That just shows how much better a manager he is than Gardenhire……as Gardy is not capable of doing something like this in a million years. He still has Kubel in the OF late in games when the Twins are winning, with Repko on the bench. And, if Repko got into a game, he’d go into RF, with Span staying in CF…..

  2. OldNo7 - Aug 4, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    We also need to remember how awful Bobby Abreu is in RF. Although I’m sure Torii has pride and an ego about playing center, I’m sure he’s sick of watching Abreu butcher easy plays next to him every night. That might trump his pride about sliding over for the kid.

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