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I know you mean well, but it would be a horrible thing to do to the Contreras' and to Ross
Willson is his brother’s biggest fan and wants him to be a starter in the big leagues. Every day Willson starts would take away from little bro. Willson wants to play on a winning team, putting little bro on the team wouldn’t change that. And what do you do if either brother has a dispute with their former catcher manager Ross? Loyalty to brother or to coach? I could see it being a mess quickly.
Ross made a comment after the big sell-off about being able to mold and influence the young players. I’m not certain he could do that as well with William if Willson is around. I could see the team trading for William then trading Willson off but I don’t want that either.
I was surprised to see their rankings. I though Willson had improved more than that.
I like the idea as a feel-good, but when I consider the practicalities I don’t think it works.
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Well the sign says tickets are only 75 cents.
Forget the flag, I want little concrete Cubs holding up the buttresses like the ones on either side of the ticket window below the "no game to-day" sign.
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You might want to check out his advanced hitting stats
first. They’re a bit uneven/inconsistent.
Kris is a good guy and a good player. He’s just probably about the last former Cub I’d pick for the Mariners.
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I agree he hit better in the playoffs last month with the Dodgers
His on base percentage this year was 500 in the post season, compared to .167 in 2018 and .200 and .238 in 2017. I think he did better this year because he didn’t feel there expectations on him – that team was loaded with names. That’s the environment he’d thrive in and that I suspect he’ll seek. He doesn’t want to be the name to lend the team credibility, as the last paragraph of this article mentions. But you are cherrypicking stats. 2016 was by far his best year hitting with WAR 7.3. Look at his numbers the last 4 years (2.3, 4.4, 0.5, 2.2 (Cubs 2021) and 1.1 (Giants 2021.)
My leader comment was addressing this statement in the last paragraph:
Players tend to lionize the value of veteran leadership, of course. But even the most analytically-inclined front offices have recognized the importance of high-profile players who buy in to the organization’s philosophies and coaching principles as a pathway to improving player development.
Obviously its a decision between Kris and the team. If Seattle lands him I suspect fans won’t get what they expect.
It wasn't necessarily the fan base putting pressure on Kris
I think he does that to himself. Bryzzo really couldn’t do any wrong. If he signs here, he’s comfortable with it. For the price he’d command I just don’t think people will get what they expect.
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As someone who has watched close to all his games
starting with the season he went to the World Series (Seattle is my second team) I hope Seattle does not do this. First – he hasn’t been a full time third baseman for years. Go check his stats. He’s more valuable to a team that wants to move him around and probably best in the outfield. Second – his dad is his number 1 coach still, especially for all things batting. If you want someone to support the team coaches I’m not certain he’s you’re guy. Third and my biggest reason – Kris isn’t a leader and doesn’t want to be. He’s a veteran, he’ll come in and do his job, but he doesn’t want the responsibility of being the franchise face, doing all the press conferences, answering questions about team mates problems (like Addison Russell issues.) He just wants to come in and play ball, raise kids with his high school sweetheart and have his dad coach him. (I’m sure some will think that’s a hot take but that’s what I’ve seen.) I think he hits best when the pressure is off of him.
Pure speculation: I suspect the Mariners went after Kris at the trade deadline. I think that was one of the trades the team alluded to that didn’t happen. The Cubs tried to send players to teams they wanted to go to. There is a video out there showing Kris getting the news he was being traded. I think he looked happy going to SF. I don’t think he’d want to come here to be the veteran presence or to try to replace Seager. I don’t think he’d want to go to a club that admitted manipulating service time. Save the money, spend it on a few other players. I like Kris, but I think he’d be a bad fit for expectations here.