Re: Lars Anderson in the outfield
posted at 3/12/2012 10:27 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Lars Anderson in the outfield
[QUOTE]What sissies these professional athletes have become over the past 40 yrs or so, especially MLB players. The term "prima donna" comes to mind, with one definition being completely appropo... " common usage in any field denoting someone who behaves in a demanding, often temperamental fashion, revealing an inflated view of themselves, their talent, and their importance". It's hilarious watching the prima donna BS swirling like a cloud among these MLB players these days. These jokers grew up playing baseball and have probably played every position at some point, except pitcher and catcher which are of course more specialized. Little League, Babe Ruth, High School, College, University, minors.....I guarantee you Lars has played a ton of outfield in his day, but people act like he's being asked to run a marathon under water or something. Bah!! It would serve the Red Sox well to broaden the horizens of their minor league talent. In fact, it may be critical over the next several seasons that we do so.There's no reason middle infielders shouldn't master both SS and 2nd, corner infielders 1st and 3rd, and stronger armed middle infielders all spots. The outfield obviously involves some running, and so may require a basic level of athleticism and fitness, but shouldn't we be comfortable asking our barely post adolescent minor leaguers to take up that challenge? Puleeeeeze! I remember some here going ballistic when Bobby V. floated the notion of asking Agon to play a bit of right field against National League opponants. This would allow the lumbering Papster to play 1st, and keep two potent bats in our line-up. It's exactly the kind of "thinking outside the box" mentality that we were missing with Francona. Will it work? I dunno. But it's most assuredly worth trying. If Lars wants to assure himself a faster path to a MLB career, he needs to be as flexible as possible. And you folks decrying that effort should reconsider your stance. Our organization top to bottom is stronger when we have greater flexibility to put people where they're needed. Slay the "prima donna" mentality, that's what I say. Our collective futures may well depend on our ability to effect this needed change.
Posted by Teakus[/QUOTE]
Right but see last year the Red Sox Put Aviles out there and he was horrible. And Aviles is a much better athlete than Anderson.
It isn't really about whether Anderson can catch a ball in the outfield. It's about the year's of practice that dictate the angles that one takes to get to the ball, the jump that one gets on the ball etc.
I don't think when one is talking about Anderson one is talking about a sissy or a prima donna. He's just a guy who want be as good in the OF as a guy who has been playing it all along. Just like a guy who is good at second might not make a good SS because maybe his arm is weak, or he doesnt have as good range.
I think you are reading way too much into this whole thing.