There were rumors to that effect, and also that Angelos pushed to take him because of his Greek ancestry. I'm not sure there's any evidence of the latter, probably just supposition from the standard issue Angelos is a dunce narrative.
Wes lived in Catonsville when I did (93-96). I saw him at the Rolling Road Subway once.
A great player who played for the great early 70s Baltimore Bullets as well as the only Washington Bullets team that won it all.
The second iconic Baltimore superstar to come out of the University of Louisville, following Johnny U. And maybe we have a 3rd now.
Every step away from a standard environment adds uncertainty to the data. Gonzales has been playing in an environment that's like five standard deviations from the MLB mean in run context, and five standard deviations from the mean in quality of play. I'm making up the five, but something like that. On any given day he might be facing a pitcher who'll never play professionally and tops out at 80 mph, backed by a team that has no professional prospects, playing in a park with a runs and HR factor of 2.00. Throw on top of that the fact that his last year in college the season stopped after 16 games.
A normal top five pick has a range of outcomes that stretch from "washes out in AAA" to "inner circle HOFer", with a mean somewhere around "decent major leaguer for a while". Almost by definition Gonzales' standard deviation of potential outcomes is higher than a player in a more normal context. There's only so much you can tease out of data with that much noise.
If it were me I'd give the scouting reports about 10 times the weight of his performance numbers, which means you have less real information to go on than you would with another player. Absolutely he's a higher risk player than Martin, that's why he'll come substantially cheaper.
Fair enough. I thought that was reported as the consensus but who knows how teams actually felt.
Anyway, I was thinking of it in the context of Moose’s “Why can’t we get the steal for once.” Which is like saying why can’t we get lucky/smart with something everyone else missed. If we missed the other way with another guy later that doesn’t really matter.
Tell that to the Dodgers.
After he did not run hard after he hit a ball he thought was a home run, he admitted he would never be "Charley Hustle". And if you are hitting balls off of the outfield walls, you don't really have to hustle much to get to second base.