Too bad the Rays' player personnel people have never had your very realistic perspective on Upton. In my case ... in all my years ... I don't recall EVER seeing a player so over-rated as Upton ... and I actually believe the team has done the guy a serious disservice by over-hyping him since Day 1. The result has been very unrealistically-high expectations of a very average, run-of-the-mill ball player.
(And ... NO DOUBT ... the difference in the quality of the player pool when there were 16 teams vs. today's 30 teams is astronomical ... in spite of the expansion of the population and youth baseball programs and all the new athletically-related developmental technologies developed over the last 30 or so years!)
The problem is ... who would want an average (or even mediocre) player who's currently making $7 million and is headed to free agency at the end of this season?
If the rumors were true last July ... the Rays made a mistake by NOT trading Upton to the Nats for a solid middle-relief pitcher (and maybe even a prospect or two).
If I do have a "chord to be struck" here ... it's simply one where I've become more and more impatient with the crassness, classlessness and crudity in all elements of the media today ... especially in simple-minded and endlessly repetitive TV commercials.
PLUS ... in this particular case ... my paternal juices boil at the fact that these two girls sound (especially) and look like two underage teenyboppers ... and that the whole thing is nothing but a gratuitous use of ultra-young "femaleness" to "sell" a cable-TV network to, apparently, equally vacuous and clueless young males (and/or potential pedophiles!).
To me ... the commercial itself is debasing to the young girls involved ... and to the network!
Just a note for reference. I checked out some info on the 2 girls in those commercials. Jordana, the brunette is a graduate of Florida Atlantic, and the blonde Annelie is a graduate of Miami Dade College. So they are definitely not underage, and are no different than any other cheerleader. They are part of a campaign for Fox Sports affiliates across the country.
Nothing wrong with finding them soft on the eyes.
Drafted 1st by the Rays (2nd overall) in spring, 2002, at 17 years old; made his major league debut at 19, on August 2, 2004, after less than two seasons in the minors ... the youngest player in the major leagues in 2004; originally played 2nd base ... and led the majors in errors at that position. So ... he was switched to centerfield.
His "prime" (at least in terms of performance) was probably in 2007 when he had his "career" year.
Probably a case of "Too much, too soon!" (Which might also end up being the case with Moore.)
Ok let's just get rid of him like we did Josh Hamilton. I am sure that is the smart thing to do.
We have all seen what Upton can do. With a little consistency he becomes a 30/30 player easy with 100 RBIs per year. Yeah that's what we should give up. Offensively, Upton is one of the better CFs. Defensively, he makes hard plays possible.
The prime of most players occurs at the age of 29-31. It is the period where they are most apt physically and mentally. Career years do not always happen during the prime years.
What everyone here is moaning about is consistency. It also bugs me, but it is no reason to let go of a 5 tool player.
Look how you had to pick all stars to prove that Upton was not doing enough. Right there you acknowledge Upton is a better than average player. With more work he becomes a potential all star that is a 30/30 guy.
Everyone holds him to a higher level because he started at a young age. Fact is, there is no one within the system that can replace him. The best option is Victorino which would be counter productive. Or we can move Desmond to center full time and sign a left or right fielder power bat. And the quality of corner outfielders was not available last offseason.