Originally Posted by Ravenlord
170+ replies and 5,000+ views. i'm sure Zach Stewart wishes he had stats like that.
The Rolen trade spun off everything that is great about internet baseball message boards, and this thread is just one more example. Every type of internet baseball hero gets a chance to say something:
- The historians (“Getting Rolen was the Reds’ most important trade acquisition since . . .”);
- The intangibilists (“Trading EdE’s intangibles for Rolen’s transformed the franchise . . .”);
- The lineup carders (“The Reds needed a cleanup hitter to Dusty-proof the lineup’);
- The grass-is-greeners (“I can’t count how many times I wished we could have run Roenicke out to the mound instead of Ondrusek . . .”);
- The money-doesn’t-matterers (“The Reds should have kept Rolen *and* EdE”);
- The dogmatics (“TWO Cy Youngs? More like twelve! He’s that good. I'm not sure why you are doubting it. Every scout knew it.”);
- The recordites (“Pre-Rolen record bad. Post-Rolen record good. QED.”)
- The gotcha patrol (“Yeah, Doug, you spend more time watching and following the Reds organization that anyone except maybe 72 and 21, and you were right about Mes and Stubbs and more players than I can count, but this time you were wrong – HA!”);
- The beer leaguers (“Left field? Of course EdE can handle it! The Jays only kept him at DH because they were expecting big things from Joe Inglett. I see him as athletic enough for short, even.”)
- The prospect hounds (“Well, sure, Jocketty last traded away a worthwhile prospect in 2006, and you’re right, Stewart doesn’t look like anything special, and I have to admit, in retrospect it does look as if the Reds accelerated him through the system so fast that no one got to face him twice – but I’m telling you that there were two weeks in 2009 when he could have been traded straight up for Evan Longoria.”); and
- The crystal ballers (“Look – EdE is a 40-HR talent. Sure, it took three years, and you’re right, he could have been obtained in 2010 for half a bucket of spit, and he lacks a position on the Reds, and I have to admit that arbitration would have bumped his salary immensely had the Reds held on to him – but a good GM would have foreseen all that and planned accordingly.”)
It’s not just good times - it's great times for all. I love every bit of this discussion, every single time it happens.