I recently posted a similar thread to Hal McCoy's blog, but have been thinking more about this:
The poster said effectively that "Frazier and Heisey shouldn't make the team unless they win starting positions". The old implied adage that players "need at-bats/experience" is what is at play here. Let me cut to the chase:
How about a bench of Frazier, Alonso, Heisey, Francisco, Valaika, etc?
The old adage is that it is preferable that young players get maximum playing time in the minors instead of wasting away on the MLB bench.
First, we know there will be injuries and reasons to sit the so-called "starting" players throughout the season. We know that guys on the MLB roster throughout the season will probably get a few hundred at-bats, not to mention the benefits of being around the big-leaguers all year. Secondly, am I naive in thinking that these guys still need to learn how to hit the cut off guy, move runners over, bunt, etc? If so, then perhaps we should fire the minor league coaches and re-think youth baseball nationwide. For chrissakes, Dickerson is 28 and has probably (as all of them have) been playing organized ball since he was 5. If we still have to teach these guys to bunt, there is a bigger problem to address. A 28 year old in the NBA is a 10 year veteran and a 28 year old in the NFL is retired or in the hospital.
These guys are the future of the organization. Instead of relying on retreads such as Gomes and Nix, lets let them play.
I haven't mentioned pitching at all yet. But the sentiment is the same. "Chapman needs to start in the minors in order to get his innings in". "We don't want to rush him to the majors".
We just signed a guy with maybe one of the best arms around. I'd rather see him in the bullpen or rotation, helping the team and learning the ropes, than have him relegated to Dayton in order to "eat up the innings".
I think that most in baseball have a serious problem with adhering to the old adages. I'd argue about batting order issues (why the #4 guy should be the power guy, etc) but would not make any headway with the powers that be. When will someone in this sport begin to think outside the box instead of acting as clones?