Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
It's my experience that in virtually every walk of life people see what they want to see.
I imagine that if you dropped Mario down in a field full of low minor leaguers from all around baseball and not just the Cincinnati Reds and remove the names from the backs of their jerseys, he'd gravitate to 30 guys of a similar age before he would to Bailey.
It's not that I distrust Soto's assessment; it's that he's a captive audience.
My experience is the opposite. People tend to critique what they have no vested interest in. Faculty are the worst.
One thing Soto said about Todd Coffey was:
"I'm going to tell them he should be the closer," said Soto. "Right now they are trying to teach him too many pitches. He doesn't need them. He throws hard, he throws strikes and he seems to have the makeup to be a closer."
That's a critique of the way he had been handled. Soto is there to instruct. if he likes what he sees, he'll encourage it. If he doesn't he'll try to change it.