Re: Daniel Nava
posted at 1/4/2012 12:48 PM EST
Maybe what happened to Daniel Nava is what happened, as an example, to Darnell McDonald. Of course, have read that McDonald did not pursue a collegiate football instead signing a Contract to play organized baseball. And in order to get signed to play organized baseball, Nava played collegiate baseball, even 1 college originally having recognized his persistance by Daniel serving as the team manager, eventually he played independent league baseball like Kevin Mallar before being signed by the Marlins. Players get labeled, don't know who labeled Nava, but it seems Reddick, McDonald, Kalish, maybe Linares, maybe Lin, maybe a number of other outfielders have bypassed Nava. Positive and negative labels, whatever the reason, often impact how many ML looks, if any, are given. Know a good hitter who langered in the Red Sox organization, probably more than any reason cause he was below Mo Vaughn on the depth chart, and another, almost infamous player, who has topic named for him on Son of Sam Horn, Rick Lancellotti, played in the Red Sox system for just about his whole career. Some will say if this player is or was a good enough hitter, the team would have found a position for him, and while that may be true, much of it has to do with the depth chart. Lars Anderson may or may not be a Major League hitter, when he played when Kevin Youkilis was injured in 2010, Lars looks like a decent 1B. With Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis, also a gold glove 1B, probably someone like Jarrod Saltalamacchia also in front of Lars at 1B on the depth chart, it seems unlikely Lars will ever get a serious opportunity to be the Red Sox regular 1B. Lars is much more likely to be traded and could someday be a regular with another ML team. As it is said, most of us cannot come up with the names of the 1B(s) who were behind Lou Gehrig.