Originally Posted by mth123
Mostly agree, but one has to wonder if the 23 year old Homer Bailey hadn't piled-up the 60+ inning jump in 2009 if the shoulder woes in 2010 and 2011 wouldn't have occurred. Had Homer's 2012 happened sooner without the injuries and he had a couple of years like 2012 in 2010 and 2011, he'd be looking at a $100 Million deal in the near future.
I think Homer's added muscle helped keep him healthier in 2012, but you have to wonder if the young age innngs jump played a part in his 3 stints on the DL wth shoulder woes. That wasn't in the dark ages, but it was with Dick Pole involved (as was Prior's handling). We haven't seen anything like that since Pole left town. I have wonder how much Pole's seeming refusal to consider current wisdom is actually what he believes and, if so, how much it had to do with Walt stepping in and making the move to Price. It may have nothing to do with it and Pole may actually embrace the current wisdom, we'll never really know.
This is a good point. If your speculation about Pole's role is correct, then it points to something that is always present when change takes place--a few will still be in influential positions who do not embrace the change that's taking place. This number should become fewer and fewer, and eventually those who hold on to methods that have been proven ineffectual (or even harmful) will find themselves without a voice.
But it may take a while.