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"asking a bullpen to dominate year after year is like asking your six year-old to do that cute thing she did an hour ago, only this time in front of a bunch of people."
Seems like a bargain to me. I tend to agree with the BP2014 book comment on Heyward: he's not a superstar (yet), but the injuries haven't really been his fault, and he's still just 24. Not a bad deal for Atlanta.
Thanks for the preview!
Thirty home runs for McCann isn't impossible but he's never hit more than 24, and his PAs have declined three straight seasons. Still, his consistency is amazing: 18-24 HRs every year since he became a regular. I thought this seemed pretty rare and studied it a bit.
If you're interested you can read more on my site: http://digbaseball.tumblr.com/post/73749070627/consistency-thy-name-is-brian
How can a park be good or bad for strikeouts?
Mock draft would be fun -- I'm in.
With all due respect to Henry (and I really hope this comment doesn't make me seem like an idiot), I've never heard of him. Also, it's been a few months since I went to AT&T Park, but don't the Giants just display the numbers (no names)?
For that matter, would the Twins be any better off with Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes, and whatever else instead of Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, and whatever else, when trading Johan 18 months ago?
I don't know that this article intended to convince us whether any of this year's participants will be the next Bernie Williams, and I don't think I have a problem with that. The prompt was to write about minor league ball, and even though the discussion focused on what will happen in the MAJOR leagues for these guys, it was still a fun read.
Basically, I'd argue that we're all being encouraged to watch more minor league baseball, if only the AAA All-Star Game. We might get to catch a glimpse of the next round of MLB All-Stars, or we might get to enjoy seeing Brad Eldred! Either way, we win!
Any piece that reminds us of readily available options for enjoying off the beaten path baseball gets a win in my book. It was a bit scattered and raises more questions than it answers, but if you opened the PDF of 10 years' worth of AAA All Star Game participants and didn't smile when you read a couple dozen of those names... well, what's the point of the internet, anyway?
This was fun I a highly enjoyed it. Thumbs up.
I'd guess this points to the prevalence of the quadruple-A player, who gets called up only to disappoint at the big league level, and then flourish in extended time at AAA.
Sorry, how was this "relevant"? I agree that it's cool to read about things we know nothing about, but at what point did you read something in the article that connected it to anything?
I agree that it didn't "wear out its welcome," but I feel like this piece -- compared to the one about minor league attendace, for example -- neither invites nor warrants further study. It's a nice and tidy read on its own, but I would have actually liked more reason to care about this league and its participants. Just sayin.
Yeah, absolutely! I have never heard of this league, or this team, which is part of why this article was so joyous for me. Props for bringing me into something completely foreign. The only downside is, I wish it had connected more to the game as I already know it and follow it.
This article grabbed me on an emotional and spiritual level. Baseball is my religion, and if and when I have the opportunity to rear children, I want them all have the opportunity to play baseball for as long and at the highest competitive level as their abilities -- and desires --- carry them.
It doesn't bother me that the author did not spend more time vetting the lack of infrastructure that would enable my imagined daughter to reach the major leagues; rather, I embrace the thought that it is up to *us* create a better and fairer world for our children so that they can follow their dreams and maximize their opportunities, regardless of gender.
I'm glad to read an opinion piece here, on a subject that admittedly touches a nerve, and I am encouraged to see that the author was confident enough to write about something which certainly seems close to his own heart, rather than adhering to some sort of "formula."
The Team! The Time! The 2009 Mets!
I've always wondered why Laser-eye surgery isn't villainized...
ZOMG!!! Speaking of which, Christina: why isn\'t Jonathan Sanchez\'s name linked to his page!!11!!1
Maybe not horrendous, but given that they brought back Aurilia in a minor league deal, couldn\'t they have just saved the cash on Renteria and used this season to see if other guys like Burriss or Bocock could make the grade?
I really enjoy imagning Tejada checking into a hotel and finishing off a hotel minibar prior to his big hearing, a la Kevin Costner in \"For Love of the Game.\" (\"A lottle of little bottles add up to one BIG bottle, Chappy,\" as John C. Reilly wisely said...)
Yeah, I\'m getting ready to fire up and enjoy the hell out of the opening of \"Apocalypse Now\"...