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Loved the closing paragraph on Van Meter, both because you've touched on something I've always wondered about in scouting (highlighting the things a lower-ranked prospect *can do* vs. what they *can't do*) and, well, your to the point observation that the kid can f'ing hit. Thanks Prof, for the chuckle!
Or he might be a Padre, but not in San Diego.
I would add to the above plea, but without the necessity of it being a young established star. I'd just be curious to know more about why some teams are good at it and some are not, whether this would be a view from above or the view from a player. What makes an organization good at developing talent? Coaching and instruction? Nutrition? Medical and training staff? The piece you wrote a couple weeks back after the trade deadline, about a day-in-the-life of a traded prospect would be a great model for a similar story looking into player development.
Sweet, that's a good recommendation. I love great used book stores, although Powell's City of Books in Portland has pretty much ruined all competition for me.
I would have, believe it or not. Not solely to see the stadium mind you, but I'm headed out to Detroit for a wedding next month and was planning on going to see it before it was torn down. Sadly, I'll be six weeks too late.
Its a real shame, and I can only hope that it will galvanize support for preserving Wrigley and Fenway if/when the Cubs or Sox decide they need a new stadium.
We got more than snubbed, we just got hosed. Drawing UC Irvine for regionals - ouch.
Could we get Kevin's take on the arms San Diego might get in return? Multiple sources are saying that all four players would be pitchers. Who might the other two be besides Poreda and Richards? If we went straight down Kevin's organizational list I guess it would be Dexter Carter and Jeff Marquez, and I haven't heard anything about either one.
Wouldn't it depend on the type of contract he signs? I imagine that if he signs a Major League contract he has to go on the 40 man roster immediately. So if/when he signs a ML contract. Then you'll have to wait for your league to add him to its database!
A lot of people are not convinced that Mauer will be able to stay at C for the duration of his career. He\'s pretty big for a catcher, and he might have to move to another position to keep his bat in the lineup every day.
RIP, HWB. Too bad, as it was always kind of interesting to have a prospect league with players from the NPB also there. The HWB was unique in more than one way.
Speaking of defense... You might be selling Gwynn one short in BBWAA\'s perception: defense. Gwynn played a more premium position in the field and won 5 Gold Gloves. Of course, when you go back and look at Gwynn and Raines\'s DT cards you realize that that too is a wash, or worse. Gwynn had higher highs in FRAA but lower lows, and finished with a negative FRAA for his career, while Raines had a slightly positive one.
So while it is not much of an argument when you actually look at the numbers, the PERCEPTION of BBWAA voters is probably that Gwynn played better defense at a more valuable position (insert favored screed against said writers here).
Ha! If you are channeling your inner Tupac, then you might have 3 or 4 books come out after that tragic bus accident.
But to speak to FSUMatt\'s comment above, perhaps Joe should have been a tad more specific in his \"blight\" comment. I\'m consistently impressed with their front office and management. Beinfest and Fredi Gonzalez seem to represent a franchise getting the most out of what its got, but the fact that they always have to do so points the finger squarely at the ownership. I\'d love to take a look at their books and see how much Loria is scraping directly into his pockets from revenue sharing etc. Perhaps their owner is a blight on the American sports landscape, even if the franchise is not?
I\'m not sure the Padres would see it that way. For one thing I don\'t know that anyone can be a \"guaranteed\" #1 pick a year out, even with Strasburg\'s dominance. I rememer 18 months ago when Pedro Alvarez was a \"lock\" to go number one, and, well, we know how that turned out. Not to mention injury, under performance, etc. The other thing is the Padres record with signing talent. I don\'t know that they have a \"bad\" relationship with Boras, but they have almost always avoided large bonuses, and seem to try to avoid Boras. I hope they learned from the Bush fiasco, but signability often seems to be more important for SD than talent.