Last year Sano was an All-Star. He overcame Tommy John surgery ahead of schedule.He overcame the death of a child and played baseball through it.He excelled playing through the minors.If he "didn't care" and was "lazy" - he'd have never made it to the expectations wehold him to.Perhaps you should consider all those factors as well when you are making assumptions about his character because of his struggles.
Maybe you need to consider that the answer is actually more obvious than you want to think.It gets silly when people try to over complicate something simple.You want me to be more sensitive?I am quite aware of the circumstances Sano has encountered over his career and it all started with Pelotero Ballplayer (which I have seen about ten times).I don't think I could be more sympathetic to toward this player than I have already been dating back to the day he was drafted.I think the Twins were doing a terrible job with Latin players during the Gardy and Ryan years and when Sano got suspended in New Britain for that home run trot I was furious.I defended him like a pit bull and slammed the Twins for their insane overreaction.Before the year started there was plenty of discussion about Sano and I defended him again.I even expressed a lack of concern about his weight because I though he was strong enough.I no longer feel this way because we have hit a tipping point.I can no longer defend him.
Seems as though you are accusing me of not thinking this through and you couldn't be further from the truth.I have explored a variety excuses in my mind trying to give him the benefit of the doubt for quite some time now and I cannot do that in this scenario because it is as simple as 1-2-3.Make whatever excuse you want to make for him, but in the five months of off season that he had he went significantly backward and the excuses are just not good enough, sorry.I understand his daughter died, but that was four years ago.He played through that back in AA with aplomb, but that was then and this is now.Are we to assume that there was some exceptional event that prevented him from eating properly and working out to a level that would achieve a reasonable level of fitness?Seems as though you want me to operate under that assumption. Sorry, not gonna operate under an assumption
Everyone goes through times in their life where they need to do some soul searching and Miguel is there on his own volition.For a professional athlete to let themselves go the way he has is unacceptable.I defended him when a teammate made comments about him being a "ticking time bomb".I went off on Plouffe and May for weighing in on the #metoo incident.This is different.This is simple and cut and dried.Over the off season he let himself go and it isn't up to me to come up with the WHY.I have read people insist that it is genetic or his real problem has to do with mechanics (while the connection to his physical state and its affect on them gets treated like an afterthought).All of these excuses attempt to take the emphasis away from the fact that he was irresponsible and he let his team down (and himself down).
Time for him to act like an adult.Have fun on the ballfield and style all you want when you hit a HR.Wear the dreads long and the doo-rag.Wear war paint if you want, I honestly don't care.But when it comes to doing your job and personal responsibility cut it out with the excuses.I don't want to hear the excuses anymore.This isn't rocket science.He has five months every off season to work on his body.If he had a reasonable diet plan (not that hard!) and worked out an hour and a half a day six days a week (also not hard given that is his only baseball responsibility) he would be a lot better off.Don't give me excuses because you weren't there either. It isn't like you know exactly what impeded him from doing what he needed to do.He has more control of this situation than what you suggest.
I have been in his corner until now.Not this time.This is one area where a player can put his stamp on his career.He has all the talent in the world and what is he doing with it?Not much by the looks.
The great thing is that this is fixable.If he comes back next year in excellent shape and a renewed spirit people will get in his corner again.