Originally Posted by RED VAN HOT
Would you be willing to rank the Reds current scouting system?
I don't have the knowledge any more, but I would agree with those here who have said that O'Brien did a fine job changing things around, and Krivsky followed his work up positively setting the stage for Walt to complete the work with the Minor League Pitching and then reap the benefits. The only real problem has been Dusty Baker's stunting of some players' growth, so that there could be real opportunity in the 2010/11 seasons. Of course there was the questionable Daryl Thompson promotion and the use of Harang's arm, but the former was on Walt and the latter on Baker. Thompson's problem was caught quickly, but it was too late. Don't know if there is any blame in the Dallas Buck injury or not. I'm going to go with no blame for now until I hear otherwise. There are hundreds, literally, on this site, who do an excellent job of this. I try not to comment on the players I don't know, which is most of them. I have my favorite posters whom I like to read. They are consistent in their analyses, they don't go with the majority some times, and they can project well into the future really well while trusting their naked eye even if it counters what some stats may say. That may be just a handful, but there are 100's here who are extremely knowledgeable about not just the REDS, but all of Major League baseball. It's scary, really, how much knowledge is here.
It's rare when the consensus predictions for W-L on the season is more than 3-4 games off. The REDS, for whatever reason, don't seem to get any "Wild" results like the Rockies from two years ago, or some Marlins seasons, or the Rays from two years ago.
I've always preferred Minor League Baseball over Major League Baseball.
I'll pull over my car and watch 10-year olds play some innings, girls or boys. I love the unexpectedness. I prefer High School baseball over Minor League Baseball half the time. I've seen many future Major Leaguers at the High School level first.
I love watching baseball.
On my honeymoon, my goal was to drive to Fenway Park (after we flew from Gresham, Oregon to Connecticut first). The drive up Highway 1 was longer than I thought and we only made it as far as Newport, Rhode Island. That's fine, as it was one of the nicest days of my life in Newport.
If I had to pick my favorite, though, it's High-A Baseball. You can't beat the atmosphere and the price. Most minor league parks there's some ex-ballplayers from the 1940's and 1950's who like to hang out. And, the PCL from the '40's and '50's was nearly as good as the Majors, as were the Negro Leagues. You can spot 'em. If you do it right, you might be able to get in a conversation, which means me trying to listen to any stories they might have to tell. You can also catch Major League G.M.'s at the Minor League Parks, where you can also, if done politely, ask a question, or two. But, I usually don't ask the G.M.'s anything, as they're at the ballpark to work gleaning information from the Coaches and touching bases with the Park Operator, Minor League team President, etc... But, sometimes it works out really well, when I sat next to Kevin Towers for a few innings while he and an Exec spoke about the Padres. (They sat next to me. I didn't sit next to them. I knew the Exec as a business associate.) It was interesting. I didn't say anything. Don't want to bug him. But, those old-timers, they love to tell you stories.