Re: JBJ being sent down
posted at 4/18/2013 4:25 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
I heard an interview. Hes not happy about the way hes playing and would obviously like to play more, but it wasnt said in a negative way. He also said he needs to work on some things and that he believes in his abilities and that his time will come soon...He understands the game and the business. Better than some fans on here do.
His time will come soon enough.
The above post is a management spin PR shill. That's not what Bradley said, at all, but that is the canned PR that managment likes to ape "he knows it's a business".
Here are is actual words:
"It’s still early in the season. I’m not going to let this — 30 at-bats or whatever — define me. It’s not a sprint; it’s a freaking marathon. This isn’t how my career is going to turn out," he said.
“If I happen to go down, I’ll know I sucked my first go-around but I’ll be looking forward to the next time I get the chance. I’ve been through some tough times but I’ll keep grinding all season. It’s 10 or 11 games out of a season. There’s a long way to go
The reality is that sports is about talent, beyond the fundamentals. Managment should not have yo-yo'd him since they had no intention of keeping him on the active roster with Ellsbury, Gomes and Shane on it. All along, their plan was Gomes and Nava for LF. Their incompetence is bringing Bradley up with the full intention of sending him back down. He should not have been started in the majors with that managment cemented plan. His comments make it clear that pulling the beans out after 11 games is mental scar tissue that was unnecessary.
If he was left to start, he would make the adjustments because professional competition is about talent. But he was never going to be a slugger LF profile. However, Gomes and Nava are bench guys, so the mistake is in not keeping Gomes in the bench role and not using Nava's option to keep him in a bench role. Ortiz isn't likely to be able to stay off the DL or the long periods of ineffective slugging list. Ortiz must slug at a high level or he joins Carp as two worthless active roster spot members.
They should try and trade Carp after that one game sample, by DFA'ing him. Once Ortiz tanks, and that's likely, Nava and Gomes should share most of the DH work.
The joke is that a month or two more in the minors means Bradley is now ready to start in CF for 2014. The real issue is that managment doesn't want to use him in the LF role, nor are they willing to take on the wrath of prima donna Ellsbury and his "he's a franchise player" agent by moving Ellsbury to LF and Bradley to CF.
The correct move, if they are too wimpy to move Ellsbury and his paper arm and play the big hop defense to LF, is to DFA Carp and try and trade him for a scrap.
Some on this board new that, based on what managment has done, Bradley should go to CF and Ellsbury to LF. Gomes and Nava (get rid of Carp) should be pinch hitter/limited OF replacements for Shane and Bradley, by moving Ellsbury to CF when Bradley sits and moving Bradley to RF when Shane sits. The Red Sox should be taking advantage of the fact that they have 3 players who can play any OF position, with the exception of Ellsbury being unable to play anything but the shallowest RF.
Gomes and Nava are bench guys who need to be pinch hitter and smallest OF spot starts for Ellsbury, Bradley and Shane. Shane should not be played more than about 120 games.
Management wants slugging in LF, but Gomes and Nava are so poor defensively that their platoon slugging talents aren't good enough to offset it. But managment committed to this before the season started, when they signed Gomes and Shane, and didn't trade Ellsbury.
At the end of the day, the spin is childish. Managment's plan is to start Bradley in CF for 2014, and they will give him the Pedroia long leash in 2014 because they have to be tired of this 20 to 30M a year on poor work history OF'ers.
someone needs a nap...
If you notice, i didnt put and quotations in my post. Thats because after hearing the interview thats what I took from it. Its not what he said word for word. Its what I got from what he said. get it? I fiugured you were smart enough to figure that out. guess not. But I see it was the perfect opportunity for you to spin it in your own cute way. Keep up the good work champ :)
By the way, you should look at the combined OBP's of Gomes and Nava...its funny "watching" you squirm...