Re: As a HUGE JBJ fan, I must admit that it's getting close to that time?
posted at 4/12/2013 2:41 PM EDT
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
In response to softlaw2's comment:
Yes, I'm glad, too. And saving that year of control is just a huge bonus. The position players on this active roster don't have holes in their swings, which is evident after 8 games. Once Bradley learns to get rid of that hole in his swing, he'll return and get his shot to hit like the current Red Sox players who don't have any holes in their swings.
OK. You think you are championing the kid. I think you are selling Jackie Bradley way short.
Fine. Gomes can't hit righties. Granted. But unlike you, I do not compare Jackie Bradley Jr. to Jonny Gomes or Daniel Nava for that matter. Nava is a ham and egger who has exceeded his talent to get where he is, a feel good story, but he is just a bench guy. I see no future with nava. Gomes is a platoon guy with a good attitude. But he is not the future.
Jackie Bradley IS the future. And, as such, I want to see him develop as quickly as possible, as fully as possible. I assume you would agree with this notion. Now, if you tell me the best way for him to develop as quickly and fully as possible is by staying with the big club trial by fire - Fine. I can't be positive that this is wrong, but i am pretty sure that the best course of action for speedy and full development of JBJ as a hitter is to send him down.
And, yes, the retained control year in this course of action is a huge bonus. Why? Because Jackie Bradley Junior IS the future. You sell him way short with your short-sighted here and now approach.
Space, you are a great poster, but you are way overrating the importance of where Bradley plays on April 12.
This is what governs Bradley's peak and how fast he gets there:
1. Bradley's make up (his work ethic, drive, motivation. Does he have that chip on his shoulder that will cause him to study film? Put in time in the weight room?...)
2. Bradley's talent (power, speed, body type...)
3. Dumb luck (freak accidents can ruin careers. Unlucky inuries can set guys back.)
4. (Way down on the list): the things that the Red Sox control (where he plays on 4/12).
This is why I disagree w/ the "we should play the kids". To be honest, major league at-bats, major league experience is very overvalued. The player that Jackie Bradley will become (and when he becomes that player) have more to do w/ Jackie Bradley then where the Red Sox play him in APril of 2013. He should be up here if he is helping us win, down in Pawtucket when he is not.
Personally, I think he should be sent down when Papi returns, but not until he fixes the holes in his swing. If he's the best candidate to play here, he should. He should be in Pawtucket until he is the best candidate to play in the MLB. He should be in Pawtucket until Nava cools off.
Right now , Nava is too hot to bench. I dont think this will last all season (Nava always comes in w/ a bang, then fades). When Nava inevitably fades, that should be when we call Bradley back up.
The additional development that Bradley will have playing in AAA over the development that he will have in the majors is so marginal/incremental. ITs not worth losing games over.
Field the best team possible. Right now, that doesnt include Bradley. Once Nava cools down, it will.
Im a big fan of riding the hot bat.