Originally Posted by Brutus
Like I've said several times to clarify... I'm not saying guys don't develop. I'm saying the there is minimal difference from club to club in the ability to coerce such development. When I said "development is largely a misnomer," I was responding to the idea that a club's usage of players is not really the factor that people make it out to be. The guys that develop already probably had the work ethic, talent, commitment and smarts to make it happen. The clubs are able to push the buttons to make it happen, but there's not much of a difference between the clubs in doing so. My point is that most development that happens is because some clubs are better at identifying the talent and guys that are likely to respond well during the process.
There are exceptions though. Teams like the Cardinals are amazing at developing mediocre talents into very good players. And teams like the Mariners are horrendous at getting any production at all out of very talented players.