Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Rusty Greer: Best outfield is Murphy-Hamilton-Cruz
Former Rangers outfielder Rusty Greer joined the Ben & Skin Show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Wednesday and discussed a number of topics:
Best scenario for the Rangers in the outfield?
"People say you've got to move Josh out of center field because it's too tough on his body. Why? My perspective is that you're in the outfield -- whether you're in left, right or center. You're gonna dive. There's a left-field wall. There's a right-field wall. For me, I like Nellie Cruz, Josh Hamilton and David Murphy.
ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben & Skin talk baseball, America, running into walls and Rangers past with Rusty Greer.
I'm a huge David Murphy fan. I think that if you look over the last couple years when Josh has been out of the lineup, who's stepped in there and been that piece that really solidified the spot in the lineup where he's at -- which is normally down the lineup, but he's hit third and he's hit second. Josh is a guy in center field who can go get it and throw guys out. And Nellie in right has a huge arm, lots of power. ... That right there is the primo outfield for the Rangers."
On his approach to playing the outfield and how Josh Hamilton plays the same way:
People have asked me, 'Can you not pull up on a ball when you're up or down by a lot of runs?' The answer to that question is no. You play a certain way and you're wired to go get the ball. And I think Josh is that way. He's going to run into a wall, he's going to dive, he's going to do what he can to make the play not only for his team, but for his pitcher. And that is the Catch 22.
You may cut your career shot, because I feel like mine was, but at the same time you want the respect of your teammates, your peers and the league that says if this ball is in the air, this guy is going to go get it and there's nothing you can really do about it. So that's the way I did it, and that's the way [Hamilton] does it."