Gleeman And The Geek: Was Nishi A Scouting Error Or Revenue Driven?
Posted 30 September 2012 - 10:24 PM
I am reminded of a line from Sean Connery's character in the movie Rising Sun:
The Japanese have a saying, “Fix the problem, not the blame.” Find out what’s screwed up and fix it. Nobody gets blamed. We’re always after who screwed up. Their way is better.
Posted 30 September 2012 - 10:46 PM
I like that quote one-eye. Speaks to the Twins philosophy of continuity. Instead of always trying to place blame, figure out what's wrong and help each other fix those problems. I like it.
Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:10 AM
I guess that's my way of saying I doubt the Nishioka decision was revenue driven. Just another disastrous baseball decision by Bill Smith. Occam's razor and all that.
Posted 01 October 2012 - 11:33 AM
There will always be mistakes in scouting. Those mistakes should not be compounded by emphasizing non-baseball factors. A good PR department can "make hay" with any player regardless of personality (okay if they turn out to be a mass-murderer that may not work although sensationalism does sell). But the same is not true. A PR department can't turn a bad player into a good one (and for the most part, can't produce a sleight of hand to convince the public that the player is good).
Make the baseball decisions first then worry about marketing. It should work better that way.
Posted 01 October 2012 - 11:46 AM
Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:16 PM
I will say that I was in Vancouver a few years ago, and there were some Asian owned drug stores there. Even though it was Canada (and Vancouver obviously has no MLB team), the drug stores sold jerseys of several well-known Japanese players from around MLB.
Then again, Nishioka's jersey was discounted at the Mall of America to $30 not even two months into the 2011 season (no joke). It just seems like the Twins are risk averse with money - there was much more chance that Nishioka would fail and they'd lose money that way than there ever was of Nishi being moderately successful AND the team making back the additional money they paid him in endorsements/merchandising, etc.