Originally Posted by Aronchis
Stubbs is falling to pieces. He is looking like a sore thumb with a bunch of polished(Turner,Val) and raw potential(Francisco). Obviously Stubbs has Francisco beaten on walks/plate discipline right now, but he is 3 years older and Francisco is much more powerfull.
The age thing means a lot.
When I was in Basic Training, I was 21 and 3 months. There was a series of physical events that everyone did at the beginning, the middle and the end of your training. My scores at the beginning were just average, in the middle there was a marked improvement to about the top quarter, then in the last day of exercises I won the award for the highest scores among 660 soldiers. I attributed it to the mental toughness that a 21-year old can have over a 20, 19, or 18 year-old, and the extra physical development that a 21 year-old can have over a 20, 19, or 18 year-old. There really is a physical and mental difference among those ages. Anyone could have done what I did, but I tried harder and that came from age.
And, what's funny is there were guys who took state in track events, and guys who had black belts in martial arts, and guys who thought they were tough and strong, but in the end, they were all talk. It's different running a couple of miles with boots and a uniform on over a cement track in the heat after already doing other strenuous events. It really came down to who wanted it more.
If Stubbs is enjoying his signing bonus too much and doesn't think he needs to be giving it all he's got, then these are the type of results he can expect to receive, and time lost is time he's not going to get back.
I don't care what anybody says....being sent down was good for Edwin and the results speak for themselves. Most of this stuff is between the head and how much you want it.