Re: Look for BEN to make some
posted at 11/4/2013 4:20 PM EST
I feel this organization puts an emphasis on trying to stay competitive while rebuilding slowly at necessary positions.
In 2004 the Red Sox were a veteran-heavy team. On reflection, there is no way that team repeats. I was hoping they might ( as I am sure most of you were, too) but really too many older players on thier last hurrah.....Pedro, Trot, Mueller, Millar, Foulke....etc. The infusion of youth between 2005-2007 was what got the team back, but still, many veterenas still had plenty in the tank...Manny, Ortiz, Schilling, Varitek. The rebuilding process kind of hit a snag in the years after 2007. Not because the younger players weren't good, but after Pedroia, Lester, Papelbon, Ellsbury, there was not many real good kids coming out of the farm, and some that did make it , didn't meet expectations ( Bard, Hanson, Delcarmen, Shoppach). This next wave of Bogaerts,Lavarnway, Middlebrooks, Britton, Workman, Webster and DelaRosa will be sufficient to keep the line moving, so to speak.
The Yankee way has been to throw huge money ( and years) at superstars while not attempting to build a farm sysytem, why bother? But, while the Sox do this to a degree, they also keep an eye on maintaining a youthful presence.
A good balance of talented youth and skilled veterans is a must.
All 2 out of 3 of our recent winning teams have used this formula.....don't see why this might change any time soon.