"When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"
I'm not saying get out of Latin America. I'm saying get into an area filled with athletes and minimal MLB presence. Africa, certainly South Africa seem ready to jump into baseball at the world level. In fact there are a lot os similarities to Latin America in regards to the economic level of the prospective player.
Suck it up cupcake.
Suck it up cupcake.
That said, you are right, it would be interesting to see the Reds go over there and see what happens. Thats a huge investment though and if it showed any progress you aren't going to have a monopoly for very long on the talent pool.
To go further on what TRF is suggesting, this is from yesterdays USA Today:
Entire article hereRinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, two 19-year-olds from small villages in India, desperately want to live the American dream. Their shot at it is a decidedly improbable one.
They had never picked up a baseball until a year ago. Thursday, they will pitch in front of major league scouts in Tempe, Ariz., in hopes of landing a professional baseball contract.
"This is the most amazing thing I've been part of," says Tom House, University of Southern California pitching coach and former major league pitcher, who has spent the last six months training the duo.
Singh, a 6-2, 195-pound left-hander, throws 89-90 mph with a split-fingered changeup. He continually tinkers with different breaking balls. Patel, a 5-11, 185-pound right-hander, throws 91-92 mph with a circle changeup. Patel says he's the conservative one of the two, leaving the experimenting to Singh.
[QUOTE=OnBaseMachine;1758454]Funny you should mention South Africa, TRF. The Pirates just signed an 18-year-old shortstop from South Africa a few days ago. His name is Mpho Ngoepe...below is an article on it:
That kid needs to add an o b/w the M & the p in his first name. He'd instantly lead the mlb in jersey sales
To digress a little, the two Italians the Reds signed last year had impressive debuts.
Code:Luca Panerati Year Age Tm Lg Lvl Aff W L W-L% G GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WP BFP IBB BK ERA WHIP +----+----+---+---+---+---+---+---+-----+----+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+------+-----+ 2008 18 RDS GCL Rk CIN 1 0 1.000 10 0 0 0 3 0 19 18 7 6 0 3 8 0 2 78 0 0 2.84 1.11 Matteo Pizziconi Year Age Tm Lg Lvl Aff W L W-L% G GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WP BFP IBB BK ERA WHIP +----+----+---+---+---+---+---+---+-----+----+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+------+-----+ 2008 18 RDS GCL Rk CIN 3 0 1.000 15 0 0 0 5 0 25.2 18 3 2 0 11 15 4 1 102 0 0 0.70 1.13
Players from South Africa and India might adjust a little better to a smller interior market where players from east Asia might prefer coastal teams.
Suck it up cupcake.
I was thinking, I bet the Reds are getting to be quite popular down in the Dominican Republic these days. We have perhaps the best young Dominican pitcher in baseball (Volquez) and another young Dominican with extremely high upside in Johnny Cueto. Francisco Cordero is our closer. Edwin Encarnacion is a good young hitter. We have power hitting Juan Francisco in the minors. Plus the Reds just signed Juan Duran, a 16-year old viewed as one of the best young hitters to come from the Dominican, and they also signed others like Junior Arias and Anyelo Polanco. It's nice getting all this recognition - it should help with future signings.
I miss Adam Dunn.
i'm thrilled that the reds have decided to not only invest more in latin america but to make it an ongoing thing. it can only help us have a top 10 farm system every year which will help the reds win more over the next 10 years.
i'm all for similar opportunities in other parts of the world as well. a business, whether it's the reds or whoever, needs to be open to opportunities that can help them wherever those opportunities may be. when mlb first looked to latin america decades ago didn't the first mlb teams to invest benefit more and for years and years?
the ground floor can help alot with an established reputation and important connections. competition will catch up eventually but it can sometimes cost more to do so. not always but that makes those connections that much more important. by the time the competition catches up, you've already created an established reputation which is an asset and can still be an advantage years later, even if only a slight one, if used correctly.
latin/intl players alone won't make the reds winners but it will definitely help.
"Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that."