I'm not sure I agree here. They developed Mussina just fine, but he was pretty polished coming out of Stanford. Gregg Olson was a high pick that was fantastic. Ben McDonald didn't turn out to be the guy anyone thought he would be, but he was still effective. Harnisch had improved from 1989 to 1990.
I don't think Schilling was regarded in that class of those first three guys. I don't know if they would have developed Schilling to what he became but I think he'd have had a chance to become good here. He was good in 1990, albeit in a small sample size.
Not second guessing. I said at the time that keeping Cruz should have been a no brainer. He was during his career, an RBI machine with a decent BA. A guy like that you have to keep until he shows real evidence of losing it. He did not show that when they let him go.
That's where I am. Schilling didn't make it in Houston, what makes anyone think he would have made it here?
And we were able to recover from the Glenn Davis deal and still be one of the best teams in baseball for two seasons, five years later.
We will be hitting the 5 year anniversary of the Chris Davis deal and -- spoiler alert -- we will not be one of the best teams in baseball on that anniversary.
He once made an extremely rare unassisted triple play.
It was the first one on the Major Leagues in more than 40 years (1927), and would not be done again for almost another quarter of a Century (1992.)
Perhaps one of the craziest occurrences ever was the fact that in 1927, unassisted triple plays happened on back-to-back days on May 30th and May 31st !!! )
Twice in a Row, It Was 3 Men a Clip
(By Carl Lundquist)
The honest truth is that Davis' contract, while miserable to watch how it has unfolded, did not really prevent us from winning a WS. Those post Davis contract teams were not set up to succeed long term or even at the time. The farm system was terrible and the ML pitching was missing more pieces than money could feasibly have bought even without the Davis contract. Also, and although i'm positive some will disagree, Schilling is a completely deranged lunatic whose stain I wouldn't want on this franchise. At least Davis is a nice guy.