It's Willie Time!
Willie is obviously not my choice for premier manager of the league, but the guy has his bright spots and this is definitely one thing he does well.
"Willie prides himself on running the camp on time," a staff member said. "I think he wanted to nip this kind of thing in the bud."
"If you want get on my bad side real quick," Randolph said, "be late. I don't have a lot of rules, but that's one that easy to follow."
It is very disappointing to read these things about Duaner. We really heard nothing about this in the past about Sanchez's rebelliousness, but it's out there now like Janet Jackson's boob at a halftime show. I think Willie did a great job in handling this and he won't let it fester. For him, I truly believe it's done if Duaner can manage to be on time. However, his teammates might not be as forgiving.
"As much as I love Duaner, this shows a message that this isn't a one-man circus, this is about 25 guys," David Wright said. "When you have 24 guys relying on you as heavily as we are Duaner, it's not too much to ask to be on time, to come in here and get your work done." Sanchez hasn't pitched off a mound yet this spring. He had hoped to be ready for Opening Day, but if he hasn't been doing the proper rehab work that seems less likely.
"He needs to realize he's not only hurting himself by not getting his work in, he's hurting the 24 other guys," Wright said. "Hopefully it opens up his eyes, and he comes back with a fresh mind and wants to get the work in to be the Duaner of old."
Sugar Pants has spoken.
Pelfrey boasts one of the best fastballs in the minors (good velocity, lateral movement and sink), but he needs to work on his secondary pitches. He's also not very polished for a collegian, which is why label-mate Philip Humber is ahead of him in the organizational queue. Pelfrey might eventually wind up in the bullpen, but the fastball will remain a pitch to die for.
If this was written a few weeks ago, it would be more understandable, but still not that understandable. While I had some issues with him not being as polished in terms of his secondary stuff, his ability to start has really never been questioned by anyone. In lieu of his apparent steps forward, Dayn's comments are utterly ridiculous. Suck it Perry.
As for Green, the hitch he discovered in his swing looking at videos led to an extensive session with hitting coach Rick Down, Carlos Beltran and the venerable Julio Franco on Wednesday from which he emerged feeling a new sense of confidence. Yesterday, however, it seemed that had been replaced by confusion.
This slow start from Green is just dripping with irony. He was all happy and looking forward to baseball with his renewed confidence in his swing and has completely shit the bed. I'm not giving up on the guy and when I wrote the Pelfrey article the other day, I wanted to include Milledge/Johnson and their battle with Green for right, but the reality is Green will have a chance to fail, but it won't be in spring. He'll have to lose his job twenty games or so into the season because no matter what, he'll be the opening day right fielder.
While on the topic of Steve Phillips, he is at it again. I read the first two paragraphs of his new article and I thought he was going to make a valid point on the Josh Hamilton situation. The right point to make is that teams get too cutesy in the Rule 5 draft and pick up guys like Josh Hamilton and Jesus Flores when all they are doing is essentially ruining a much needed year of development.
Hamilton is not your normal prospect and needs to play everyday at this point because he is making up for lost time. In the case of Flores, it is essential young catchers play everyday. It is irresponsible and selfish to just set a player back like that. I get the fact teams are interested in trying to pull of a coup of sorts, but there was a point why these two guys were not protected. Flores never played a day above A ball and has a .257 career average and Hamilton has played 23 games over A ball in 2001 and has played in only 15 games since the 2002 season.
Instead of running with the obvious, Phillips takes the illogical route.
The decision to acquire Hamilton and give him a chance to be a major league player without doing anything to earn it over the past four seasons makes a statement to current Reds major leaguers and especially to the organization's minor league players. This one decision contradicts everything the organization claims is important.
Fucking perplexing that Steve Phillips is. Every year there are a number of players who get picked in the Rule 5 draft and spend the year in the bigs. It's been happening since the Rule 5 draft was created. Also, the Reds players (at least from what I've read) seem to be very supportive. It's understood that this is part of the game and while they may not have earned it and paid their dues, GMs are tasked with upgrading their team and the Rule 5 is a way to do that. Also, they have the ability to offer them back to their old team if things do not work out as they often do not. Another dumb article by Steve Phillips and why ESPN even publishes his articles is beyond me. I mean, isn't there someone to monitor the content?
20 MIKE PELFREY, rhp, Mets
Made the majors three months into his pro career, and should be even better now with his new slider
Opening Day Age: 23. ETA: 2007
Again, I'm really pumped about what is being said about Pelfrey. Obviously it is hard to read into five innings of spring ball, but Peterson does not usually pull punches and he has been raving about him as have the journalists.
22 FERNANDO MARTINEZ, of, Mets
Followed up an impressive debut as a 17-year-old by holding his own in the Arizona Fall League
Opening Day Age: 18. ETA: 2009
ETA 2009? He'll be 20 years old. Let that one sink in.
60 CARLOS GOMEZ, of, Mets
Career-high .773 OPS last year shows he's only scratching the surface of his potential
Opening Day Age: 21. ETA: 2008
That is certainly a glass half full observation in regards to his OPS, but as I've sated before, he needs to start producing. He's actually gone sideways with his numbers but steadily improved his prospect status. Gomez owes it to everyone in the universe to show off why people like him so much as a prospect.
73 PHILIP HUMBER, rhp, Mets
Blew out his elbow 15 starts into his pro career in 2005, but bounced all the way back last year
Opening Day Age: 24. ETA: 2008
Sick hook. Sick fastball. Nice changeup. It's only a matter of time for this kid to be dropping off wicked hooks at Shea.
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