Re: sox aquire aviles from kc
posted at 7/31/2011 3:47 AM EDT
In Response to Re: sox aquire aviles from kc
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: sox aquire aviles from kc : What does this statement mean? Is it a reflection of fan ignorance? On Navarro, I too am disappointed in that we never got to see him at SS. But I hope he makes good. The team is going for experience in a PO run. Also insurance for next year. Aviles has a decent bat vs. lefties. I wonder if the issues we discussed involving Navarro (on thread NAVARRO, Harness?) influenced this deal.
Posted by harness[/QUOTE]
No, I wasn't thinking of fans. I was thinking of sportswriters, scouts, "insiders" of all kinds and stripes, including managers, coaches, GM's, and, ta da, players. Baseball is a Big Talkers game, and always has been. In the years that I worked for Rod, I heard a lot of that stuff from people who claimed to have the inside track or to have the real skinny or, simply, to know better. Sparky Anderson, for instance, was a good manager and a nice guy; but, oh my, how the ____ did flow. Remember that Bench said, "We got tired of him." In this arena, Lasorda is competitive. And on and on.
I have no idea why the Sox gave up on Navarro. Others think they know, in part because the reasons were obvious. The young man had progressed nicely through the system. Katz thinks that the Sox decided that Navarro's ceiling wasn't high enough for the organization. Probably so. Man, do I hope the club was wrong. It's not as if ( ahem ) it hasn't been wrong before, more than once.
So what will it be next year? Iglesias will stay in AAA until he learns to hit a ball off a tee while Lowrie and Aviles duel to see who will be the SS and the utility guy. Look forward to that?
Experience in a pennant drive is overrated. I'll go with the best talent every time. I say that as a general point, not in reference to Boston's current situation.