Bill Hall: Eyes on Improvement

Not pictured, epic homer.

A topic we neglected to touch on during last week’s Winter Meetings was Bill Hall’s recent LASIK eye surgery. Hall has used contact lenses to this point and, as displayed by his numbers these past two seasons, they weren’t helping him see the ball as well as he would’ve liked.

Maybe it’s my unwavering affinity for William, but I think this procedure is the first step to a revitalized Hall in 2009. And figuring we have an oft-unused “Predictions” tag, I feel like I should stake early claim on calling (more “hoping”, “praying” or any similar term) a Bill Hall bounce back.

2009 Predictions (assuming he remains a Brewer and gets at least 400 plus plate appearances):
.280 AVG, 25 HR, 70 RBI and fewer fielding errors

I guess we’ll see.

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11 Responses to “Bill Hall: Eyes on Improvement”

  1. D'Amico's one good year Says:

    I hope so.

    I still love Billy. Sadly.

  2. Jack Says:

    I think he should just use a pink bat every game.

  3. Kade in Dubuque Says:

    Jack do some pink bat statistics and continue to make them crazy so that I can not possibly understand them. just kidding buddy keep up the good work

  4. Jack Says:

    You don’t have to understand.

    Just nod in agreement.

  5. D'Amico's one good year Says:

    Pink Bat… *nodding*.

    Hey!

    Um….

    God I hate the offseason.

  6. Jared Says:

    Remember how happy we all were when Billy signed his contract? Looks silly now…

    I really hope he bounces back because he’s fun to watch when he’s on, but his 2006 season sure seems like an aberration now… And I’m not sure LASIK surgery will help teach him patience and approach at the plate.

  7. Jack Says:

    Well, with the way the market has been going up and up and up since he signed, it really hasn’t been incredibly bad (we’re overpaying by something like one to two million dollars per year if he keeps this up), but as a small market team we really can’t afford that, so take it as you will I suppose.

  8. scottage cheese Says:

    2.80 average? Man, you must be drinking some strong robitusson. I still like you though.

  9. Jack Says:

    Hall was only half a win under league average at the plate while being almost exactly average in CF in 2007 (that’s worth about 1.5 wins) and was worth a little more than a win under average at the plate last year while being almost a win above average in the field. It basically works out to him being with 1.5 wins/year, which, in today’s market, is worth 7.5 million dollars.

    I can go over this in a post if you guys would be interested, but it’s finals week right now so I’ll be a little busy until later in the week.

  10. D'Amico's one good year Says:

    I worry that if Bill Hall rebounds, the Crew will have no shot at resigning him. Which would make me a sad alky.

  11. Tyler Says:

    With how much he’s been moved around, platooned (even if earned) and how harsh casual fans have been on him, I can almost ensure that Milwaukee has little chance to re-sign Bill anyway (if they’d even want to, that is).

    I’ll just assume he’s gone after 2010 and enjoy any Hall rebound without worry.

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