Great work, Seth. The offseason is a perfect time for feel good stories, when all parties have time to reflect, take inventory, count blessings. In the middle of the season introducing a new call up as a "great story" is not the right time, and I very much agree with others in that respect.
Question: in the original Q&A was discussion about Collabello learning third base, any new developments on that? If he is actually looking to stick in the big leagues for a full season like he says, then the opportunity is right under his nose, it seems. Also wasn't Collabello the guy who took his home run ball away from a little girl? Lol
Or Bah Hum Bug from others' perspective of this story
Originally Posted by Seth Stohs
I'm holding out hope that Colabello will be a pretty good player for the Twins for at least a couple of years.
Awesome post... Simply Awesome... I agree with every single word.
Originally Posted by PopRiveter
Awesome post...Simply Awesome...I agree with every single word.
Originally Posted by USAFChief
I love these stories. But I understand why some don't.
If you don't want to read human interest stories, consider these guys as a sign of an organization that is willing to use every channel of talent. Personally, I like the fact that they will give marginal guys a chance and let them earn their way to the majors.
Yes you need to draft the Kohl Stewarts of the world. Yes you need to sign the Miguel Sanos of the world. And you also need to sign the Ricky Nolascos of the world. But you don't exclude the independent league talent out of hand.
I think teams that do are missing out. The Angels used to have a closer named Brian Harvey. If memory serves, they saw him and signed him out of a softball league. He saved 126 games for them, and 177 games in his career.
I know Harvey was an extreme long shot, but there was practically no risk. Worst case, he closes games in AAA for his career. But every once in a while, a guy like that can help a team win a World Series.
I don't want to live in a world with no room for the underdog.
Originally Posted by GCTF
I'm sorry son... You were drafted in the 16th round. We can't let you play up here. A 16th rounder has no chance of learning anything once exposed to the best instructors in the world.
I'm Sorry Mr. Hershiser... Thank You for that 2.66 ERA in 1984 but we can't let you continue into 1985 because you had a 1.49 WHIP in Albuquerque in 1982 and you were a 17th round pick before that. We ain't stupid here... We just need you to fill up some uniforms so we have a team in Lake Elsinore.
I'm sorry Trevor Hoffman... We thought you were a SS when we drafted you. There is no reason for us to convert you to pitcher. Give up the dream... You are just wasting our time.
I'm sorry Mr. Nava... You are 24 years old and playing in Chico California... There is simply no way that you can help us get to the World Series. It would be a complete waste of time for you ride the bus for low pay trying to advance through each level of the farm.
This Game is made for 1st rounders like Trevor Plouffe and Chris Parmelee.
Let me stand here and say... To all Dreamers... Don't bother trying... Infield drills... Batting practice... Work in the weight room... Diets... All of it... Why do you even try...
Just give up!
There are simply no room for great stories in baseball. Just the elite talent.