Re: Minor League Transactions
Following up on this a bit more, I am sure some are reading this and saying, "outside of the Carolina fans, why does it really matter if the affiliate wins?"
Many reasons. Reds have lost several affiliations in recent years for one. But my real point is, you are developing a culture of what is ok, what is acceptable. When your prospects get to the majors and they are down 5-3 after seven innings, do you want them calling it quits, or believing they are going to come back and win? The Dayton club over the last three years is 7-159 when trailing after seven innings (2-66 in '09; 3-66 in '10; 2-27 in '11). You can see the losing attitude as soon as they fall behind.
Torii Hunter once told me after he made a diving catch to end a game with the bases loaded, "I just was not going to accept losing as an option." Losing was unacceptable to him. You want to develop that attitude. That is what you have to have at the big league level, and it forms on the way up.
Three of our four full season affiliates all finished last in 2010, and that is why they have tried to keep teams together this year, I am sure.