Monday, July 25, 2016
(7/25/2016 09:53:00 AM) - Al
Moore is a hack...I read this twice, and I'm not sure exactly what he's getting at. He just wrote a quick piece about casual fans being casual without really having a point.
The funny thing is, one has to take from this season, and in a way, last season too, is we can use this as a way to separate the knowledgeable fan from the bandwagon climbers, and the "he hit ball long way, why don't he just throw ball faster?" folks whose understanding of the game is so minimal common sense is pointless.
Melvin took over a moribund franchise and after a few years, had a success cycle that lasted for, depending on your definition, from 2006-2013/2014. They were contenders most seasons, and in the years they were not, still were competitive, finishing close to .500 annually. Injuries and a lack of depth, both small market ailments that many pretend not to see, often played a huge part. One look at the Twins this season shows you the same thing.
Stearns is using a different approach, one I have often stated is probably preferred, the "tear it all down and start over" approach. You know that old shack on the outskirts of town that is several different colors, patched up just to get through "one more year?" It's the opposite of that, as Dave has torn it down to the foundation and is attempting to have it look nice one brick at a time...even going for younger players, often years away from the majors, in an effort to add more, controllable talent, some call it the "pyramid method"...build the base wide, and eventually, enough guys will rise to the top, in this case, Milwaukee.
Many folks lack the patience to do this properly, because they are not young and don't have a long term contract in their back pocket. True fans will enjoy the journey. Others will complain and insist a 68 win rebuilding club is far worse than a 75 win team built to contend that has failed to gel.
7/25/2016 09:53:00 AM