Originally Posted by dougdirt
Every argument you can bring where 'they' were wrong, someone can bring one right back where 'they' were right. Pounding your chest because you can find an example of where 'they' were wrong doesn't mean that you are now right because you disagree with them because they were wrong at something in the past.
Maybe they are wrong about Cingrani. But it isn't going to be because they were wrong about Joey Votto. It will be because they were wrong about Tony Cingrani.
If you want to talk about why they are wrong about Cingrani, then go ahead and talk about that. Look at what is being said about him, why they think he could wind up a reliever. Debate those reasons.
Tony Cingrani has very questionable secondary stuff at the age of 23. Debate that. Show your work. Don't bring up Joey Votto quotes from someone who isn't likely the same person who is providing the analysis on Tony Cingrani.
I point out not mistakes on individual players, doug, but fundamental mistakes in the way that those guys work. "Pandemic" is the word I used. I stand by it and showed my work by giving an example. There are reasons why everyone should take what these guys say with a gigantic grain of salt.
What they write cannot be trusted.
They are not, however, useless. Some have contacts within the game that give a glimpse into a player's scouting report. Some have past scouting experience. Other than that? They're the same as you and I, doug. Amateurs with opinions. No, check that. They're more dangerous than I am. Because they have a forum and conflated sense of ablility.
I'm not pounding my chest about this either and resent the implication, frankly. Let's discuss this like adults, doug.