January 18, 2017
Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
The State of the System: The Dodgers graduated two of the top prospects in baseball, traded three pretty good ones, and still have a very good system. Meanwhile, somewhere in the South of France, Frank McCourt is spending too much for a 30-year-old midfielder. Living well is the best revenge.
The Top Ten
The Big Question: So what do the Dodgers do for an encore?
If you’ll pardon the intrusion, I’d like to begin by talking about football for a second, if I may. And not the kind that Paternostro speaks in tongues about on Twitter all the time. I mean the American kind. The New England Patriots clinched their sixth consecutive AFC championship appearance the other day, and it got me to thinking about sustained excellence and strategic execution. Bill Belichick is a defensive coach, first and foremost, and one of his fundamental strategic priorities over the years has been to design week-to-week defensive schemes built around limiting the contributions of his opponent’s best offensive skill player. His aim is to remove the opposition’s primary advantage, and in so doing force answers from his opposite number to an unpleasant question: how am I going to go about beating you without access to my biggest advantage?