Re: Calling on the future ...
posted at 1/12/2013 3:22 PM EST
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
The Red Sox have always had a problem producing and keeping young pitchers. Many of our greats have come from other organizations, Pedro, Schilling, Tiant , ( even Beckett , who was great it 2007).
I used to follow the Bruins ( back when hockey was worth it), and they had a similar problem with goalies. The few good ones they had always came from elsewhere, Cheevers, Gilbert, Peeters, Lemelin, Moog. When they did actuallt draft a talented goalie they would go on and have success elsewhere, Bernie Parent, Danny Bouchard , Bill Ranford.
The Red Sox need to draft , develope and keep some quality pitching. John Lester could easily have been given up on, but I give them credit for having faith that he will bounce back. Another lefthander that became a steady successful pitcher , John Tudor , was dealt away and became the ace for St. Louis Cardinals.
Oakland has a terrific track record for producing good young pitching. This team emphasizes pitching and they have a keen eye for talent in that area. Instead of throwing millions at has-been pitchers like Smoltz, Wells , Dumpster and similar useless pitchers, they would be better off hiring some decent scouts and coaches to imitate what Oakland does.
Unlike Oakland, the Red Sox have the money to keep these guys once they mature into MLB top tier pitchers. I would prefer this startegy to picking damaged goods off the scrap heap, which seems to be the logic used with our brilliant front office spin doctors.
I concur with the focus on pitching and have mentioned it in other threads. I find it interesting that certain teams seem to consistantly find pitching. Oakland, Montreal/Nats, Seattle and TB ... to a lesser degree Cleveland, KC ... but I am not even trying to act like I know that for sure.