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Another Dback pitching strategy gone amuk?
This holding pitchers away from their logical starting point for MLB is woefully ensuring that the pitchers stay on the AAAA pitching ladder. The financial tactic is forcing several previously highly regarded prospects into acceptable lousy pitchers. Why work on a guy if they will delay him a year or two? The psychology underneath the "SLOW DOWN" is very anti-competitive.
Just let the youngster play, Dback Brass. Turning a guy from the hot list into an also ran may be a benefit to the club a few years from now, but it tells a stupid story about the Dbacks. Simply be anticompetitive and a different MLB team will be the beneficiary of your talent. In not so subtle words I’d tell the finance guys to stick it in their ears and PLAY the youngsters in order to speed up their contribution date.
And then, perhaps you will field a team that A (wants to win), B (has aligned goals for his career), C (completely overwhelms in the minor leagues).
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Let me help you out about the concept of hitting to the center.
When I was hitting well, I was seeing the pitch as larger that it was in reality. Seeing the spin, the location and being ready to hit it is a wonderful feeling as a hitter. To top all that off, hitting the ball about 6 inches in front of the plate means that your swing is indeed level and is perpendicular to the pitch. The bat speed and angle are less significant than squaring up the baseball or hitting it slightly lower than the center. This will give your hit a slight reversing trajectory and will add about 100 feet to the batted ball. I always felt that the best at bats weren’t the gap hits or homeruns. It was the super-speeding ball through the infield that would almost cut the pitcher in half. Sometimes the ball would be hit so hard that it would take a divot out of the turf.
That also can be very demoralizing for the pitcher. It can become infectious and can lead to nice run-producing innings.
The Dbacks' Brass should not engage in any hype wrt Martin
The Organization should just focus on getting wins and not filling up a Goodyear Blimp with all their hype. It is not the number of innings nor dozens of stats that matters. Can the guy win games? Can he give the DBack’s offense a chance to win games? Stating starting pitchers averaging 160 innings or so doesn’t cut it in MLB. It’s how many wins have you helped by throwing strikes and weak grounders and pop-ups.
Given this type of laser-like focus, it puts Martin lower in the pitcher universe.
Re Robbie Ray...
I’m so happy for Robbie. The years he was here a complete waste of time for him. This is the real problem with the thinking that our pitching coaches are the best in the league.
Or at least all their coaching with Ray ended up being a net zero for the team.
Oh well, add him to all the other players we’ve traded starting with Goldie.
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With the Rule 5 issues pending, we once again see the Dbacks losing talent.
This is the one area that shows either making a poor draft pick, seeing the player unable to get to the MLB (lousy development? Or, the overhype finally catches up to the Dbacks once again). I’m really confused about the exposing Tabor and Kelly. For more than a short term, these guys were on the top 30 Dbacks Prospects list. In fact when both began their AA seasons, they were heavily touted by the Dbacks. And now, they are now a source of talent for other teams.
Bottom line? This decision will come back a haunt the Dbacks as other MLB teams will give the young pitchers a real chance to play. Sigh.
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Over hyped? The AZ Dbacks have the worst President/Marketing office for hyping its players at the MLB Level.
Way too much snake oil salesmanship trying to sell tix in the off season. It’s like a Circus World to most of those people. Why do the Dbacks still have Derrick as their President?
Why not just let the kids play in the Minors until they’ve reached AA or AAA and keep their names out of the Media? When they reach the MLB level, is plenty of time to provide background info.
After last year’s performance, the Front Office should understand that they sit inside the doghouse for their fan base. And there they will stay until they PROOVE that they can play like a MLB team.
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Simply put… The Dback Brass have earned this conundrum pure and simple. There’s no excuse for playing Santa Claus when your competitors beat the living socks out of your team. Everyone of us at the Snakepit knew that Baumgartner was a loser of a contract, right from the beginning. That the Ahmed and Peralta contracts are now albatrosses around the throats of the Brass is not a surprise either.
With all the monkeying around done by the Partners with regards to salary, they make Robert Sarver look like a million bucks.
Even though this was a great analysis, it is still a S**t sandwich for the fans in 2022 and 2023.
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The Dbacks Executives have to finally decide if they want to bring up the best talent in the Minors.
The AAAA rookies have to settle down and be given more realistic goals to be met in order to continue to play for the Dbacks. It is time to live with the wave of talent and help them develop at the MLB level. Those of us who have kept our fingers crossed that the kids would truly become good or better MLB players have to see an overall improvement in all position players. The team can’t have veterans clogging up the roster if they don’t produce at a much better clip than 2021.
This Organization NEEDS to finally come to grips with its stable of young players and give them a chance to bloom for the fans in 2022.
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Until the Dbacks Brass changes hands, this team is likely a candidate for the bottom half of the division.
Once in a while they might win 80+ victories in a season, but, what they’ve given us in the past is what they’ll give to us going forward. KK is the worst kind of owner. He views the team as his play thing. He only has to ask his partners continually for money. He then gets full of himself and signs a Madison Bumgarner by way over paying for him, then he tightens down the screws on everyone else. It is total madness.
Add to the above woes, the Baseball elite is going to try to come to the bargaining table for a new contract. I’m not sure that Baseball will be forced to fall on its sword. Having a few wealthy franchises makes it too darn uncompetitive for my blood.
I believe others will follow me to the exit and not look back. That’s why I think the odds are against having Playoffs next year.