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Chris Denorfia

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Recommended Rules For Denorfia Usage back in 2010:

  1. He is a backup. He is on the roster for depth and should only start as a last resort.
  2. He is not a CF. There are usually superior CFs on even a poorly constructed roster. He should not play CF ahead of those guys unless there is an emergency.
  3. He is not a good PH. He should not be used as such unless the other alternatives are pitchers and backup catchers.
  4. He can be used as a pinch runner, but should not be allowed to attempt stolen bases.
  5. He is a good defensive LF. He can be used as a defensive replacement at this position in a pinch.

#BudBot does not follow these rules. In 2010 #BudBot used Denorfia as a platoon CF with Tony Gwynn, Jr. In 2011, he was used as a platoon RF until Will Venable was sent to AAA and Denorfia became the starting RF.

In 2012, Denorfia was used almost exclusively in a RF platoon with Venable known as Venorfia. This now appears to be his best role and would seem to contradict rule #1 of the Recommended Rules For Denorfia usage. Rule #3 also seems to be in questions as he has been a decent pinch hitter. Here are the amended Recommended Rules For Denorfia Usage:

  1. He is a platoon player. He is on the roster to face left handed pitching and should only start against righties if injuries require it.
  2. He is not a CF. There are usually superior CFs on even a poorly constructed roster. He should not play CF ahead of those guys unless there is an emergency.
  3. He is a decent PH. He might not be the first choice pinch hitter, especially with a righty pitching, but he can be used over such alternatives as pitchers, backup catchers and backup infielders.
  4. He can be used as a pinch runner, but should not be allowed to attempt stolen bases.
  5. He is a good defensive LF. He can be used as a defensive replacement at this position. As a platoon bat his offense can carry him as a RF.

The plan was to continue to follow the rules in 2013, but because of injuries to other outfielders he and Venable were pressed into full time duties. It resulted in a career year for Denorfia in many statistical categories in spite of his limitations that caused the creation of the aforementioned rules.

Denorfia's nickname became a matter of controversy in 2013. Sides were taken. Some chose "Deno" and some chose "Norf". Why? Who knows? Was it important? Of course not. Did people treat it like it was important? Of course they did.

Traded to the Mariners in 2014 in exchange for OF Abraham Almonte and P Stephen Kohlscheen. He was due to become a free agent after the season.

Twitter

  • He does not have a twitter account, but his dive does: denorfiasdive