We can actually measure this.
I think your comparisons are comically off.
He is guaranteed through 2018.
Greg Garcia, as I believe Jedd Gyorko would volunteer but not be called upon to serve.
Yes. Increasingly so. Does not mean they will. They do like keeping prospects. But they are in a spot where they can make the deal and still maintain a top-10 farm system.
Fair read on the subject. But keep in mind you're also talking about the addition of a middle-order hitter. If Gyorko remains that way, then by all means let him run with it. That is assuming evidence not yet entered into the conversation. But the guy who has the job always has an edge and Gyorko has done nothing to lose the job.
I doubt he cares one iota.
Absolutely. Think of it like we would consider school, or the development of a prodigy in music or math. An 11-year-old who shows an aptitude for the violin, isn't going straight to the Boston Pops, and even if he or she plays along at a symphony where everyone else isn't going to be as good as that player eventually the player is still benefiting from understanding mastery at that level. A sophomore in high school who can eventually crack Fermat's Theorem as a junrio in college, still needs to go through the rungs, studying topology along with lesser mathematicians, sure, but gaining the fundamentals and the ideas that will inform the talent later. Baseball's no different. A 19-year-old with Hall of Fame talent still is going to benefit from playing with Class AAAA players who maybe have an edge on him in knowledge and savvy and can give him the tools to close that edge so that he surges past them due to talent. Bryce Harper seems fine for having to play with lesser talents in the minors. Matt Carpenter is better because of it. Albert Pujols was better because of it. It's the opposite of what you describe.
That's part of it, but sometimes not for the reason you think. Chemistry was certainly in play when it came to the Craig/Lackey trade a few years ago. And that involved shipping out a player who was flat adored in the clubhouse for a player with a reputation for being a burr in every saddle. Tears were shed when Kelly and Craig walked out of that clubhouse in San Diego, and questions were flung about what kind of person were the Cardinals getting in Lackey. Heck, A.J. Pierzynski defended Lackey's reputation to some of the teammates. Let that sit for a moment. A.J. Pierzynski. He was added to the roster just days earlier and one person described to me that he was a fit because that team "needed a rusty nail." Chemistry was a factor -- because the front office wondered if the team could benefit from it being upset a little bit, give the team an edge a bit. So keep that in mind. Furcal did the same thing, and David Freese once said it was necessary to make the 2011 team click. Lance Berkman was added for the opposite -- a glue guy that could bring the team together, something the Cardinals also thought that Fowler could do this season.
I have no clue. I ranked him the fifth-best prospect in the organization. He won the organization player of the year award as a teenager, still the only teenager ever to do that. He hit .360+ in the GCL. I've written tons about him. I've advocated for his top 100 ranking by Baseball America. Other prospect sources have written a lot about him. One scout referred to him as the best left/left (left throw, left hit) center fielder in the minors. I have no idea why the perception is that he wasn't "hyped" enough. My bet? If he had come to the majors and struggled, I'd be answering questions about why we overhyped him. So it goes.
All were better players, but stats aren't the only factor here. Modern impact matters. And I think you could make an argument that Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle, and Jeter are the Rushmore. That's one player from each iconic era, and a player who also captured the imagination of their time, or changed the game.
No. The schedule offered them a favor. I'm actually surprised it took as long as the Atlanta series to do so. That home stand before visiting Atlanta was ripe for the rebound, and they whiffed on it.
I think the accolades were for both. I'm sorry, I feel like I'm not doing a good job today defending or explaining thoughts I haven't had or I didn't see out there. It's like you can't prove a negative, and that's how some of these questions are coming across.
Yes. Set pay scale. Identified by the league, set by experience.
They are employees of Major League Baseball.
Probably. If they had the same results.
I cannot possibly crawl inside and know what they were thinking, except to offer that the slide was something they spoke about later with me, and it was discussed/written about by other media.