Re: Marc Katz: Stories of lol
Ochre, the relationship between the big league club and the affiliate is a partnership, almost like a marriage in some ways. There is give and take.
Anyone who thinks that the only factor is "what is best for the player" is a bit naive when it comes to the affiliation process. You need both sides to be happy with the partnership. There are so many bad side effects that arise when one side is not happy that I won't even go into them here. Ask those Carolina players how those 10 hour bus rides are effecting their development now that we are in late-August compared to the short bus rides they had in Chattanooga.
On top of all of that, there is the fact that the Reds are trying to market to the Dayton area and generate good will there. Katz is not too far off base on this one. Although there will be other factors in play as well next spring when it comes time to assign rosters (ie: cool weather in the Midwest is always an issue with a pitcher that got big money to sign).
I would hope Katz would admit that the consistently subpar performance of the Dayton team over the last six years is not because of the first round picks. It is more about the overall quality of the drafts or lack thereof.
Doug, I would have to take issue with you. If you think the Reds are sending players to Dayton that should be in Sarasota, and the Dayton team is still consistently way under .500 every year with the exception of 2007, what does that say about their talent level? Fort Wayne had many, many top level college players this season (Clark, Carroll, Darnell, Dykstra, Tekotte, and the list goes on and on.).