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Anybody they sign from the IFA pool
Is likely to be at least a few years away from contributing at the MLB level. So, getting the best ballplayers with the most projectable tools makes perfect sense. But I agree that not signing Correa or Seager is frustrating. It would be no shock if the Yankees stood pat with Urshela as their starting SS and LeMahieu at third. And that doesn’t even get into the questions about CF and 1B.
There is a limit to filling holes drafting 17 year olds. They are so far away, who knows how and or when things will shake out in their development. Choosing the best players makes sense — they will most likely go the furthest and have the most value moving forward.
I Like the Idea
Of sticking Torres at SS. But I would worry that it would have a negative impact on his bat, which really needs to bounce back. One thing that seems to be missed is that Torres, as a prospect, Torres was considered a solid defensive player and was expected to stick at SS. I think the wisest thing to do is to slot him at second and see if he can reclaim some of his offensive prowess. It seems to me that giving Correa a long-term contract is the best gambit. I mean he’s a great player, kinda young, very athletic. You figure he’ll probably outstanding for 3-4 years and good for another 3-4 years. It’s always a risk to dole out huge bucks to a player. But what is the downside? Volpe or Peraza might be playing out of position for a while? That doesn’t seem awful.
I was upset when they got rid of Howser. 103 wins just doesn’t suck. As for Houk, I first became a fan when he was the manager. I don’t think he was very good. He was good at organizing a bullpen. But he always insisted on batting guys with really low OBPs at the top of the lineup (e.g., Bobby Richardson). Sure he won in the early Sixties with a great team. But Stengel in 1960 and Berra in 1964 both went to game 7 in the WS. After that, the team fell off a cliff. Houk was not terribly successful at any other stop in his long managerial career. After his first three years he managed 2 second place finishes in many seasons with the Yankees, the Red Sox and Tigers.
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I Agree Completely
Look, if Barry Bonds had died before he started juicing, he would have been a first ballot HOFer. And looking at his stats, it’s really clear when he started (hint: players don’t get better in their late 30s). The same is basically true for Clemens. MLB at the very least, looked the other way regarding steroid use. The idea that Ortiz is more deserving of the Hall than ARod is completely insane. Ortiz was a hulking DH that probably juiced anyway. ARod was one of the best players of all time. I don’t particularly like ARod, Bonds or Clemens, but they are all over qualified for the hall. Even if you want to discount their accomplishments by 30%, they should be admitted.
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It’s interesting. The owners, historically, have gained nothing by locking out the players or any other "hardball" tactics. You’d think, as people of obscene wealth, that they would have access to better negotiators/lawyers, etc. They have certain limitations that other industry magnates do not, I guess. There is no way that replacement players would be accepted by the fans — note that almost no legit players were willing to scab in 1995 — I doubt that would change. Also, they can’t close the factory and move to a country with cheap labor and no unions. So, while it is really hard to identify with people making millions of dollars a year, I completely agree that a victory of the players would be a good thing for the working class.
He was underappreciated
First, because his career got off to a slow start and next because of his service in WWII, his counting numbers just aren’t enough to get him near the HOF. But he was an extremely effective player and an important part of several championship teams. Had he gotten to play another 5 seasons, he would not be as obscure as he has become. Great article, thank you.