Re: I love Jackie Bradley Jr, but before we get too carried away ...
posted at 3/19/2013 4:46 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
What I DID argue though, is that dismissing doubt about his readiness purely based on his ST hitting is silly.
Anyone who hasn't played a lot of MLB games has doubts. Your argument is an empty gun. His performance in ST is not comparable to Hermida and others who bombed out of MLB and ended up on a dumpster that Red Sox management used to driect attention away from their incompetence.
The past isn't a predictor of the future, very good Space. You have an agenda, but your argument is empty.
The issue is whether the Red Sox should pretend that a few more weeks or months of spring training for Bradley is the more prudent decision on when to allow this unproven "purely based on silly ST" first time up in the majors, given the alternative.
A bigger question is Ellsbury's "readiness". After taking half the year to make sure he was healthy for 2012, he was not ready for the big leagues;)
Space, when will get your extension offer for Ellsbury? You made a big deal about a FA contract from bidding and one done through extension to cover FA years. So, what's your extension offer for Ellsbury? And is he "ready" to perform at a superstar FA contract level? Inquiring minds want to know, Space. Bradley's future with the Red Sox is almost a certainty, but Ellsbury's future with the Red Sox appears a few months from ending.
I have no agenda on JBJ. Not sure how offering some perspective to those swept up in the hype is having an agenda.
But speaking of agendas, I will address yours:
my hypothetical extension offer to Ellsbury (though I qualify by saying it is completely absurd for anyone to conjecture or ask for without having any 2013 perfromance to base it on), I offer him ... I don't know ... lets say, 4/50.
And, I have no idea about how Ellsbury will perform. Assuming that he will be 2011 ellsbury is as ludicrous as assuming he will bomb. We shall just have to see.