Re: Ellsbury speaks about his injury last year
posted at 8/10/2011 5:52 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Ellsbury speaks about his injury last year
In Response to Re: Ellsbury speaks about his injury last year : roy, I used to root with a mind-set of getting to know the players, and enjoying their talents for a stretch of seasons. It's getting harder and harder with the business side taking over and the sabermetric, computer geeks running baseball executive offices. I feel like I'm forced to be a Win Now fan because the players I root for and produce for the hometown team are here, and then gone the moment someone says "long-term contract." I hate long-term contracts when it comes to the Red Sox. It almost always goes to a guy we as fans have to like no matter what because the team brought him in long term. I wish it was applied more to the Sox who have been here and have performed well-Papelbon, Ellsbury--than it is applied to a CC or Lackey. Just my take.
Posted by dannycater
I don't think the main problem is that computer geeks run baseball offices. Theo does balance old school and new school more than his critics give him credit for. Players not staying with one team, however, has nothing to do with the "geeks" in the front office. It's because of free agency. If it's happening more it's because of the money involved, not because of who is in the front office or how players are being evaluated.
However, the rest of your post I agree with. I'm not a big fan of long-term contracts because more often than not, especially with pitchers, the team gets burned. I do, however, probably have a different view on what constitutes long term. To me, it's anything over five years. I don't see five years as necessarily a long term.
We'll see what happens with some of the homegrown players. It makes no sense to me to sign Crawford for seven years but not Ellsbury. Most of the players the Sox didn't sign long term that were lost to FA were right decisions.
But the problem of players not lasting long with their original team because of money is a boat that sailed long ago. Me, I like homegrown talent. I'd rather see the Sox keep guys like Ellsbury, Paps, Pedey, Youk, Lester, Buch, etc.
There does sometimes seem to be a combination of "grass is greener" and "familiarity breeds contempt" going on. A team knows its players better so seem to overemphasize the faults, which leads to the grass is greener mentality.
Of all the records that won't be broken records out there, you have to list Yaz's record of most games with one team because I doubt there ever will be a player who plays as many games with one teams as Yaz has done with the Red Sox. I hate the player movement too, but no matter who is in the front office, that genie won't be put back in the bottle.