Posted by JD on June 6, 2010
Major League Baseball’s Amateur Draft will begin tomorrow night, and I’d like to get my request on the record before it begins. It has nothing to do with drafting this player or that player: I’m no “draftnik” and I won’t waste your time by pretending I know anything substantial about the eligible players. No, my request is more straightforward: I want Omar Minaya to draft the players that he wants.
Sounds simple enough, but I don’t know if it will happen. The Mets have tended to adhere to Bud Selig’s “slotting system” in the past, but I sincerely hope they don’t this year. I don’t have a preference as to who they draft and won’t be overly critical of any of their choices. I just want to see them spend whatever it takes to secure their preferred players.
The Mets didn’t spend as much as I expected in the off-season, they’ve shown a severe reluctance to eat guaranteed contracts, and they’ve fostered the general perception that they pinch pennies. It’s certainly not my money, but I think it would be an important gesture to the fans if they spent an extra million or two to secure their targeted prospects. I’m certainly not getting my hopes up, but it sure would be nice to see.
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Posted by JD on May 9, 2009
I recently posted my thoughts on Manny Ramirez’ positive drug test. In that post, I reffered to the “steroid era”, that time from the late eighties to the early 2000’s when steroid use was rampant. Today, I read a post by Joe Posnanski of the KC Star, Sports Illustrated, and this blog (unfortunately his site is down as I write this, so I can’t link to it). In that post, he referred to the same time period as “the Selig era”.
So simple, and both literally and figuratively true. Though the steroid issue existed prior to Selig’s term as commissioner (I’m looking at you, Nails), it exploded on his watch as he looked the other way. I have no doubt that Fay Vincent would have handled it better (never mind Bart Giamatti). It seems appropriate to me to place a large slice of the blame on Bud. Making “the Selig Era” interchangeable with “the steroid era” strikes me as the perfect way to do so, and so I shall. By all means, please feel free to join in and spread it far and wide.
On a side note, do yourself a favor and check out Mr. Posnanski’s blog. He’s one of the best sportswriters in the country today. His “The Soul of Baseball” is one of the best books I’ve ever read, sports or otherwise. I’m even planning on buying his book about the ’75 Reds. Why? Because he wrote it. I can’t recommend him enough.
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