Re: Pirates DFA Zach Stewart
I don't discount the intangibles at all. In fact, I was glad Rolen was a Red. What I don't like is the following:
The Reds development department, for years has misread a player's ability based on physical tool-sets instead of mental ones. Sometimes a player must play within his abilities, and that isn't to say he doesn't have value. the knock on EE in the minors was his defense. it never got better, yet the Reds never put him in a position defensively where he could succeed. Toronto did. Yes, mostly at DH, but he has about 90 games at 1B too. and he's acquitted himself there just fine.
I do think players, especially younger players learn from example. I also think the Reds have 2 guys that do that now in BP and Votto. In fact, make it three and throw in Hanigan. Bruce may well be on his way to joining that group.
However, why is it that Rolen is lauded for his leadership, while his physical skills were long since past their prime, but Arroyo's were not? Certainly he's been a workhorse, goes about his business the right way. You never hear of Arroyo in trouble, and he grinded out a year in which he had Mono and still nearly pitched 200 innings. But Arroyo is generally loathed here. I find that odd.
And yes, I know PED's are still a part of the game. but players are tested regularly and there hasn't been a mention of EE in regard to them. If it happens chastise me, but until it happens, I'll try to enjoy the games played without the crooked eye.
“I’ll just take my walk,” he said, to laughter. One reporter followed up that Hamilton might be able to score from first on a single. “If he does, that’s great. Isn’t that crazy? Think about that: I hit a single and got an RBI. Like I said, crude stat, right?”