Bobson Dugnutt wrote:Reading this article on the Ringer about trading for rentals, and this part gets a big eye roll from me:On the other hand, Torres has turned into the best-case-scenario version of himself—there’s no guarantee the Cubs could have turned him into the player he is now with the Yankees, who might be the best in the business at player development. The Cubs have done a good job with their middle infield prospects, but Addison Russell, Javy Báez, and to a lesser extent Ian Happ are very different players than what they were expected to become as teenagers. Still, those three and Kris Bryant are all very good players—it’s not like Chicago has a Torres-shaped hole in its lineup.
https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2018/7/16 ... mor-rental
Yes, the Cubs player development system probably wouldn't have been the right place for Torres to maximize his potential, as evidenced by the disappointments of Addison Russell, Ian Happ, and Javier Baez.
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No doubt in my mind that Maddon is the perfect manager for Baez.
Happ was largely a finished product when we drafted him and just needed the reps. I guess he wouldn't be as defensively versatile if he were in another organization. Happ is probably just a second baseman in another organization. Not sure how much Russell changed going from Oakland to Chicago, or exactly how much credit we should get for his development. All three players are playing well at the big league level and the Cubs deserve credit for developing them.
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ScrubMD wrote:It wouldn’t really affect balls in play, but I do kind of hate shifting. Makes the game more boring and seems like it could be a very simple fix. Just say 3B/SS can’t begin the play right of the 2B bag, 2B can’t begin to the left. And maybe I just feel this way because the Cubs don’t shift as much as other teams, I don’t know.
It would effect balls in play though. Extreme shifting makes it a bad idea to put the ball in play.