Monday, June 28, 2021

We've Got Jessica....Somewhere. Doing something.

 So a real Mike Trout is coming to town, right?  He still plays for the Angels/Halos?

Well, rumor has it, that soon...very soon...our teenage version of Mike Trout will take his first swing with a wooden bat. 

We have been told, when the Yankees signed Jessica Dominguez out of middle school in the DR, that " he is already better than Mike Trout."

I don't want to mention that there are professional sports ( NBA, International Soccer, and University of Alabama Football ) where teenagers have started and starred. 

So it is noteworthy that our teenaged prodigy, and future all star/ Hall of Fame player, is being coddled somewhere, rather than playing the sport for which the Yankees paid him $100 million or whatever it was. 

They are still using nerf balls with him,  and he is hitting off plastic ramp..... learning the rules of the game ( not base running, advancing the runner, or hitting against the shift, however ), and how to interview with an interpreter. 

The truth is;  if Jessica is ever exposed to real players in the real game, he may quickly be viewed as a PR Department's wet dream, and not the real thing.  

Certainly, the Yankees won't expose him to the big leagues until he is a lot older than the shortstop, centerfielder and left fielder we have rotting away in Scranton.  Sitting behind guys who can't hit, field or throw to the correct base.

The Angels, like everyone else in America ( and Canada ) are a lot smarter than we are.  

The smartest guy of all is clearly Shohei Ohtani, who refused to entertain any possibility of playing for the Yankees. And that is why he may be a Hall of Fame candidate.


Anonymous said...

Did Ohtani refuse to negotiate with the Yankees? That was prescient, tremendous foresight on his part.

As we all know, it's a streaky game. But players who come here, once they run into a bad streak, never come out of it. They just deteriorate and putrify, get worse and worse until, if the Yankee big wigs decide to be merciful, they are traded away a la Sonny Gray.

Yankee Stadium will soon become the Castle Dracula of baseball. No, dear boy, a fellow traveler advises, you don't want to go there. "For the dead travel fast".

Regarding Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier, it seems to me that they both have this stupid lead toe tapping thing going on. Did they have this stance when they first got here? I don't think so, but I'm too lazy to check old videos. It seems to me that this nonsense started this year. Probably the geek squad crunched numbers, computer algorithms, and complex rocket science style physics equations and advised our coaches that standing with all your weight on the back leg, with your front toes tapping the ground, and then exploding with a huge swing, big leg kick, and dynamic weight shift maximizes exit velocity and is most likely to produce the correct launch angle for moonshots. Because, according to these guys, in today's game, it's extremely unlikely to string together a few hits, so everyone should swing as hard as they can on every pitch to maximize home runs.

The Hammer of God

HoraceClarke66 said...

So let's see, when Mickey Mantle was 18, he was hitting .383 in Class-C Joplin—roughly the equivalent of a high A league today.

At 18, Joe, Joe DiMaggio was batting .340 in the PCL—almost a major league—and setting a league-record, 61-game hit streak.

At 18, they hadn't let Babe Ruth out of the orphanage yet, but when they did, he breezed through the International League and made the Red Sox in his first year in professional ball.

I know, I know: comparisons are odious, and the game is very different today. But this is why it's also dangerous and ridiculous to declare someone the next superstar before they've played a minor-league inning.

The very best in baseball were very, very good at frighteningly young ages. Let's just hope that

HoraceClarke66 said...

Sorry! I was going to write, "Let's just hope that The Martian proves to be a capable Earthman. That would put him far ahead of almost every other Yankees prospect for the past 20 years.

Anonymous said...

The Martian will fit in perfectly with the current Yankees.
He went 0-2 with K and an infield popup with a walk.

Call Him Up NOW!!!!!

The Ever Anxious Archangel

Kevin said...

This coddling of The Lad makes me nervous in a way I haven't felt since... Drew Henson.

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Dear Isyk

Is he of Japanese origin, and does he play for the Angels?

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