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  1. Tony, Are you keeping a stat sheet anywhere we can look. I was thinking this would not be very interesting since it just used old stats. We couldn't see if Davis really got better, etc., but I may get hooked.
  2. The more Davis goes oppo, the more I like it. In his best years he did it a lot; in his worst he tried to pull everything--right into the shift.
  3. One of my points has been how do you know which of the 300 are going to develop into the best janitors and get to clean the major league locker rooms? The sooner you have to make that decision, the sooner you are likely to discard someone who could have been good. And the playing field for 18 or 21 year olds isn't even. For instance, people from northern states get less year-round opportunity. As you read the descriptions of draftees, you see words like raw more commonly used for northerners. Do we give them a chance to develop? I've seen high school soccer coaches who only want players who play all year on travel teams so they make the judgment of potential at 14 when really they are looking at training and experience (and no not everyone had the option of playing for travel teams; they cost money). Is that what baseball should be like? I'd rather see more possible players given the opportunity to develop with good coaching than to decide at 18 or 21 or 23 that this is all a player will ever be and discard him. Two years ago, how many people would have included Means in the throwaway pile?
  4. You seem to be agreeing with me; $3.75 million is less that what the teams pay for a few players in the majors--it's less than for one! Paying 250 people a living wage, say $50,000, would be $12.5 million; still low compared to mlb salaries. I see no reason why a major league player would see that raise as a reason for them to ask for more money except maybe a few thousand more for the rookies coming up. A guy making 5 million a year should not be saying I deserve 5 million plus 50,000.
  5. I was surprised to see McKenna ranked equally to Diaz and Hayes, especially the latter. He doe not seem to get the same respect here.
  6. I grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. I saw Palmer, Watt, Etchebarren and Belanger before they were Orioles. I also saw Scruggs, Rathbun, Rouse and Mazzerelli, who never made it. I enjoyed them all. For 40 plus years now there has not been a farm club in Aberdeen. The nearest baseball is Minneapolis. So I would like more minor leagues, but I understand the economics (and Aberdeen I'm told was disliked by black players as an all white town). But I don't see a reason for cutting further, and I don't see the logic in assuming that someone coming out of college is all he is ever likely to be. Remember under the new scheme Toby Welk would never be drafted; yet he's looked good so far. The major league teams spend less on their entire farm systems than they do on a few players in the majors. If they are losing money, it is not because of the minors but because of bad decisions elsewhere. Yet this is a "good" place to cut because the people who live near the big league stadium don't care, the major leaguers who run the union don't care, the media who cover the majors don't care, the owners can slip a few dollars in their pockets, and the people who do care can be labeled dreamers and mopers and unrealistic.
  7. Realism v. romanticism--no starving ball players, no starving artists, no starving writers, no place in the world for dreams. Either you are ready at 18-21 to amaze the world or you should go drive a truck. Only the elite get a chance to prove they belong in the superelite.
  8. I hate to complain about a fantastic effort, but I wish Luke had put age and the last level they were at with each player. For pitchers, I'm more interested in guys who were AAA so they can step in right away--McGill, Hill, Sharp. Maybe a AA guy. Infielders I'm OK with projects or ready players--Hernandez or Fermin would be possible. I would not look at an outfielder at all.
  9. Sorry, I did not realize how old your comment was.
  10. Batting .300 is not a guy who "only hit(s) home runs." You ignore half of the comment.
  11. If the draft had been down to the proposed 20 rounds, no one would have ever heard of him. I really have to root for guys likie him.
  12. With Ynoa and Brooks gone, Hess is the left over long man.
  13. It would not surprise me if a goal--and a result--is to increase the number of students going to college. Only expected stars would get drafted out of high school while MLB lets the colleges develop everyone else as is done in football and basketball. It would be bad for college academics and for the prospects who aren't really interested in being students, but that's no skin off the owners. About 80% of players would enter the minors at age 21 and get at most 3 years to make the majors or become AAAA.
  14. Recently, there has been more concern for maintaining a higher on-base percentage even if it means not swinging for the fences every time up. OH seems to have accepted that you can't hit Earl Weaver specials (3-run home runs) with no one on base. The mere fact that McKenna is being criticized for changing to a power swing which hurt the rest of his game is a sign of enlightenment.
  15. I keep wondering if he changed his swing on his own or if he was told by the coaches to try to hit for more power. I think anyone reading OH or other baseball writings over the last few years would believe that the only way to be a starter in the majors is to hit for power. That attitude finally began changing on OH within the last year, but most people still seem to be stuck on wanting a leadoff hitter who adds 20+ home runs. Did McKenna think he had to change?
  16. Welk did so well this year, but Gunnar is considered the likely 3rd baseman of the future and makes the top 10 for Tony and Luke. What will Welk have to do to stay ahead (he was basically a level above) or get ahead (in the rankings)? Does he have a shot at the majors or is he likely to be only a throw in for a trade?
  17. I saw Hayes at Norfolk steal second with a full slide and go home when the ball went into centerfield. He's fast.
  18. OK, I figured out that what we often refer to as AAAA is a 35-40 Up/Down; would you define the meaning of Top 1-2 and Top 5--better than All-stars but not Hall of Famers? One of the top 1-2 or 5 players at that position in the majors?
  19. If that becomes the norm the rule on who gets the win will need to be changed. Probably only after its been the norm for ten years, but eventually.
  20. I'd prefer the 5-man rotation with every pitcher knowing they were only going to pitch 5 innings. Then have 4-5 relievers planning to pitch 3 innings and a closer or two. I think with the planned shorter outings, you could even go back to a 4-man rotation if pitchers were taught the rhythm of preparing for it in the minors. This would be like the piggy-backing our minors do at times, and one could shift the reliever and starter if desired. It would be nice to see scientific evidence of the effect on arms of pitching with different lengths of breaks between maximum stress. Does it help or hurt the muscles, etc., to have more or less time between max use. It would seem reasonable that rest helps, but would connections be stronger with more common use? (and, yeah, I know pitchers don't just sit around between starts.)
  21. I am concerned about it from a player development standpoint as well as the loss of local baseball. Not player development for the top guys added to the system each year but for the guy drafted in the 24th round. Teams will have to make quicker judgements on who is going to be great. With fewer minor league teams, a late draftee will have essentially one year to prove he's better than the team thought or he's done. We've all heard the stories of the guys who used to come out of nowhere or the 42nd round. Good scouting has already reduced that number considerably, but now they would be taking away chances to prove oneself. Wasn't it just a couple of months ago, we were wishing we had Bluefield back so our players had an extra opportunity above Florida? Personally I enjoy minor league ball more than major league--smaller crowds, sitting closer to the field, cheaper prices, travelling 30 or 50 miles instead of 500 to get there--so I would oppose any effort to cut the minors. Heck I even enjoyed it when Frederick came to the local stadium even though I didn't see anyone on the field that I thought would ever make the majors. And I used to be spoiled, having seen Palmer, Belanger, Etchebarren (sp?) and Bumbry go through my home town on the way to Baltimore.
  22. I might be interested in a one-year, very good defensive catcher. Both of ours seemed to get worse defensively as the season progressed and I don't think we have anyone great defensively in AA or AAA.
  23. I think Severino has to improve his catching to keep playing as much so I think his production will slump.
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