Thursday, June 5, 2014
Posted by Alphonso at 10:05 AM
People have to be stars to be signed by a major league team. At least a high school star, somewhere.
They get paid a good amount of money while very young. Girls follow the team buses around, and they make baseball cards with your name and picture on them for kids to purchase.
As we all know, if you make it to the major leagues, you have a chance at great death and fame. Brian MCCann gets $85 million for 5 years, guaranteed. Whether he plays or not. Whether he performs well or not. And we know that he has already logged millions form the Braves. And he is a mod-level starter. The Derek Jeters of the world get multiples of McCann's fame and fortune.
There is a catch, however. A requirement of sorts. Each season, from low "A" ball up to AAA, the competition stiffens. Exponentially. And, if a player is going to make it up through those ranks, he has to perform at every level.
Few get the chance to debut in the major leagues but, when they do, they must perform. Immediately and consistently. Or their who at fane and fortune will likely be withdrawn, and they will be on the bus back to AAA. Not a bad life for a young person. They still make $300,000- $400,000 on average for playing ball, girls still chase them, and the dream lives on for a while.
Let me say it again; When you get your chance you have to deliver.
A few Yankees who recently were given this shot:
1. Almonte - got almost no playing time and few at bats. But he struck out, hit into double plays, and popped up every time. He blew it. I know it is unfair, but he has to "wow" everyone with his abilities to hit and field, if he is going to be a player. He did not flash. And is on the bus.
2. Ramirez - the new pitcher from Scranton debuted last night and, aside form the hat angle designed to "set him apart as a stud," he gave up a home run, a near home run, a double, a walk and the lead, in two innings of work. Pitchers always get a free ride when there is no one else. But this was not an awe-inspiring start.
3. LeBlanc - a piece of detritus who should be on some bus, going away, very soon. Were he not a lefty, he would have been roofing homes a long time ago. Pure crap from the scrap heap.
4. Preston Claiborne - on the bus. He was given a lot of chances. and was, largely, mediocre. When he had to come through, get the big out to keep us in the game, he gave up home runs instead.
5. John Ryan Murphy - Has the league already caught up to him? Last night he was far worse than even Soriano. He wss always batting from 0-2 counts, and pretty much strikes out. He was ferocious at the plate when he first arrived, and we all got excited. Last night, he had a shot to show himself worthy of being our starting catcher. A door opened to that fame and fortune. He developed "doe eyes" and failed miserably.
The door will shut if he performs like that again. And his chances from here forward, dwindle significantly.
In this game, potential stars perform when they get the chance. And they do it with regularity. None of the above performed when they had their shot.
It may not come again.