Sunday, January 31, 2016
(1/31/2016 02:03:00 PM) - Al
Braun called Lucroy in wake of Lucroy's comments on rebuild: "I made it clear to him that's not how we're going to handle the situation."--Adam, MLB.com
Braun has always been labeled as a quiet force in the clubhouse...I've read many mentions of his work ethic and playing through injury over the years, but this may be his first time he has made public his displeasure. Impressive.
Quite possibly, he has avoided it over the years, but with KRod, Gomez, Lohse, Ramirez, and quite likely, soon, Lucroy as well; he sees this as being the time to step forward. He is now the old guy, the veteran others look to.
Ryan Braun is the anti-Lucroy on topic of rebuilding. "I look forward to it," Braun said. "We're not breaking up a juggernaut team." --Adam, MLB.com
He said this before, actually. They are not breaking up a 95 win team, they won 68 last season. They've tried to contend every year since 2006. They were relevant in September most of those seasons. That's a glorious run for a small market team. Now, it's time to build it back up.
Many, including myself, think is year two (Yo was traded before 2015, it was a quiet admittance that everything had to go perfect to win 85-88 games and contend) of the rebuild. Five years is a nice round number, but it has taken 3 for some, 7 for others. The Pirates were on a rebuild that lasted two decades. With the head start they have, having picked up a half dozen AA or above players last season, and a plethora of kids at all levels in the offseason. They have what looks to be a top 5 system, and unlike most, is frontloaded at the AA/AAA levels. Those players are not a half decade away.
I seriously think 2017 has the potential to be a surprising, breakout campaign. Where does that leave next year? I would refer to it as a transition, seeing who takes the next step and who needs more seasoning. I'm looking forward to it as well.
1/31/2016 02:03:00 PM