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Thanks, I really enjoyed both of these articles. During the times when you're struggling to come up with something to write about, please consider doing more of these. Perhaps, you could next look at some of the more interesting farm systems from years past. Generation K versus Hudson Mulder Zito would be interesting as a comparison of when things go so wrong versus so right. The articles don't necessarily need to lead anywhere; often the education is in the journey, right?
Congrats on getting the first one out. Format firestorm or not, it has to feel good! Speaking of, the matter of format is a trivial one. What really matters is how the prospects pan out, particulary the ones you deem high OFP/low risk. Just like a trade involving prospects, it may take a while before we know whose analysis and ranking of prospects was superior. But there's no disputing the effort you've put into this, and I believe that will be appreciated by most of us readers. Thank you!
One more typo: Attendance in 2011 was below $2 million
Great read, thanks!
I wonder, too, if a deeper bullpen better serves an organization in terms of player development and money saved. Most teams want their young hitters with potential to play every day in the minors, rather than stagnate on the big league bench while accruing service time. This likely means a team would use its older "Quad-A" players for its bench, or spend money on someone like Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui. But assuming those latter players would even accept such a role, would they remain effective getting only occasional ABs? Meanwhile, it seems far easier to identify pitchers that have only so much upside to them, hence, you don't mind sitting them in your bullpen as the sixth, seventh, or even eighth option. They're often young, cheap, and their skills are less likely to erode from lack of consistent use. Finally, if a regular is injured during the season, and there's no Trout/Harper waiting in the wings, would you rather replace them with a Quad-A player that has been playing every day or one that has been stagnating on your bench?
Support for keeper leagues would be a selling point for me. This support would take the form of draft/auction integration and wildcard fields for salaries and contract years.
Regardless of whether or not any team will actually pay him to close again, what are the chances that Chad Cordero makes a full recovery? Thanks!