If the Angels are looking for pitchers, I'd send Alex Torres for him. Thinking, better doing that than losing him on waivers.
He can learn to hit ... and cut down his K's.
Rays have no clue about how to put together a winning team good enough to make the playoffs without the rest of the division having down years. The key, besides pitching, to getting over that hump is to play great OF defense.
We can't even spell OF defense much less play it. Bourjos would be a key piece of thepuzzle to making the playoffs if we could get him.
How come he can learn to hit ... but, for example, Brignac, Rodriguez, Jennings and Fuld can't?
The guy is a "typical Ray" ... "good field/no hit". He really doesn't bring anything that the team doesn't already have.
Besides, from what I hear, the Marlins are after him with some intensity.
They could too ... but it does not seem as if they either want to learn or thatanyone on the Rays really knows how to hit and can teach it.
It's not rocket science.
Yea its not but they'll give ya every excuse they can come up with to try to convince ya it is!
Well ... given the nature of these kids today ... I'm sure there are many who do NOT want to go along with being coached, directed or told what to do ... AND ... it's equally obvious that there are coaches out there who do NOT have sufficient motivation to coach well or who do not have the basic and sufficient experience, knowledge and know-how to coach effectively. I think upton may have been in the former category ... and Jennings may be a victim in the latter category.
And, I agree, that for a guy who already has the abilities and skills required to make it to the AA or AAA level ... they should have sufficient existing ability to learn how to hit better with top-flite coaching ... but ... just look around at MLB hitters today ... that doesn't seem to be the norm!
(Note: I believe it was Shelton who stated to a reporter during spring training last season: "We really can't tell these players what to do; we can only suggest!" If that's an acceptable concept on this team and of its manager and hitting coach ... then ... this team doesn't deserve to win.)
Seems to me, in my day, if you did not do exactly what the coach wanted youto do, when he wanted it done ... You did not play and even worse they got someone else to take your place, even if you were better than the guy whoreplaced you.
Okay, times have changed ... but the GM or manager with my way or the highwaymantra would only have to send down a few players or release them and thatsilliness would stop.
Everyone says it's about the money ... But if that was the case, no one would bepaying guys with barely AA skill sets well over $1 million to play on the show team.
It's all about egos and not wanting to look bad or be criticized by the media.
Take Carlos Pena for example: I would have sent him to low A last year and saidyou either learn to bunt and hit the ball to the opposite field or you will rot downin low A ... He would have got all bent out of shape and said NO WAY.
Then I would have suspended him without pay for the whole season which you can do IF a player refuses an assignment. You do not have to release them or put them on waivers ... Only take one example to fix the problem.
But you can easily solve this problem of skill sets. Don't draft guys or sign guyswho cannot get on base, strike out more than once every two games and if it'sa pitcher someone who cannot throw strikes with 3 pitches.
To be a winner in the show, you do not really need any superstars (it helps butit is not necessary), you need 8 above average position players in all phases of the game and GOOD pitching. Think SF Giants. They have won with Poseyand without.
It would be easy to win because the other guys would not be as good at the levelof the TEAM. You would win the close games more often than not.
Think about the Rays one run game record from last year ... Beyond the pale ofunacceptable. They could have easily won 5 maybe 10 games more, if Pena and a few others could bunt and put the ball in play when it mattered instead of beingwalking strike outs.
I hear guys saying it's how they play ... their way. I say fine, play with yourselfbecause you are not playing on my team because our goal is to win games, notshowcase your lack of smarts.
The Rays are apparently interested in another Halo, according to Jim Bowden.
Kendrys Morales. La cerise sur le gâteau (cherry on top of the cake).
I want to see it happen. If only for a year.
Geez! I agree with every single word!
Today ... a complete lack of structure. No discipline. No rules, boundaries or limitations. Everything is about political correctness and immersion in the "I'm OK, you're OK" syndrome. By today's standards, every coach (and many a teacher) I ever had in any sport in which I ever participated at any level was "an abuser"! And even worse ... f-a-r worse ... the drill instructors at Parris Island! These kids coming into MLB today ... at least the American-born kids ... often just don't have a clue.
Your post should be printed, framed and handed out to every top-shelf college and pro athlete out there today!