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Bret, looking at Pecota and a number of other projection systems, all of them seem to be significantly more optimistic about <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=60423">Domingo Santana</a></span> then you are. Is there something you are seeing that the systems aren't catching?
In many respects, its as if you drafted a guy who won the Heisman Trophy by rushing for 2,000 yards his senior year, and then watching him develop in the NFL as an outside linebacker and refusing to recognize that his 15 qb sacks a year make him just as valuable as if he had become a pro bowl running back.
Yes, that's where a lot of it comes from. They look at Heyward's physique and pedigree, wonder why he isn't <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=18278">Hank Aaron</a></span>, Jr.. They can't quite grasp that even though he is a completely different player from what he was projected to be, he is a magnificent player.
The writers and readers of BP have been left-of-center (or even left-of-left-center) from its inception. As someone decidedly right-of-center, until and unless their political views skew their objectivity to the point that their statistical analysis and prospect ratings are of no use to my Diamond Mind baseball teams, I don't really care.
To get upset that people are down-voting political comments they disagree with is really no different from down-voting a political comment here that you disagree with - both are emotional responses quite different from how people would respond to an article on whether <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=17912">Jack Morris</a></span> should be in the Hall they disagree with. Just let it go. It's not like BP is censoring or erasing the comments.
And then there is this disaster of a sentence:
"We should recognize that in a game played across the United States, featuring players from across the world who speak different languages and represent diverse cultures, and fans who dot every strata of American life."
I don't know why only half, but I know why it is less. Both the pickoff and the CS remove a baserunner and add an out. The CS, however, also takes away a successful steal, thus saving a base.
The other difference between Gose and Springer is that in over 330 plate appearances dating back to last July at 3A Springer had an ops approaching 1100 and a True Average over .370. Gose...well, not quite as good. It was a bit premature, it seems, to judge Springer on those first 70 plate appearances.
For an example of how building a bullpen from nothing requires a great deal of luck as well as skill, look at the Houston Astros.
I saw Pulsipher pitch in Taiwan a couple of years ago - I think it was back in '06. Talk about determination....
I don't think much of Sanchez (or Sabean), but I'm finding it hard as a Giants' fan to share in everybody else's fury over this deal. If perhaps Alderson were fanning more than 5.whatever batters per 9 innings in AA ball I would be a bit more bent out of shape.