Sorry Don.I said that because you didn't seem to understand what I and others were saying.None of us believe he was "held back" by the Twins, but rather he performed poorly, was dealing with a variety of injuries and didn't really hit most of the time he was in Rochester until the very end..This wasn't the no-brainer you guys keep making it out to be.He hasn't developed into a reliable player and that's the issue he presents to us now.What we can honestly say is he goes through long phases where he suddenly can't hit and he gets injured.If you want to say he is fast and his defense is awesome that is as true as what I just said.Can't we just say 2018 was bad and when he didn't (couldn't) made an assessment based off his performance and health.Welcome to the major leagues Byron.They babied him and did everything to make sure he was comfortable and happy.That needed to change.I hope he got the message, but I don't know.
I alluded to how clueless he was with finally breaking his silence at a charity event.The fact that he goes stayed bitter about all the way up to before spring training is too pouty for me.When he didn't get called up there was reports that he hadn't returned Torii Hunter's hone calls up to a week or so later.This, for the simple fact that he fails to acknowledge his own inadequacies through it all.Never once did he say he played poorly.Instead he said, "I don't know what they want from me"
But please, make the distinction, all of this stuff happened after the fact and has nothing to with where I stand.Right when they went to the 40-man and he was left off I agreed with the move.I said so myself right here and I caught Hell for it.
It really is ridiculous because the answer for Buxton is simple: PROVE you can be an everyday player for us.In the four season he had the starting job in CF he has played 100 or more games only once.That simply is not good enough for a guy that often ends up being a liability with the bat on top of it.To me, his time is almost up with this organization if he can't persevere and stay healthy.I hope he can turn this around.
I keep seeing the same 3 arguments being beaten to death here:
1) He didn't "deserve," a call up - Please, read through that September roster and then tell me there wasn't room for Buxton.
2) He needed to gain confidence - I'm not sure how refusing to give PT to somebody instills confidence. Also, lets be honest, September rosters are full of guys that'll never have big league careers, i.e. an extension of the competition he was seeing in the minors.
3) He needed to develop in the minors - His minor league season was over. They literally sent him home while the big league club played another 15+ games. Players don't develop by not being on the field.
You can be disappointed in Buxton's development to this point and still acknowledge that the decision to send him home that September was 100% motivated by service time. I'm guessing if we took a TD poll, an overwhelming majority would say they expected more from him this far into his Twins career.
Calling him "clueless," for answering a question posed by local media, at a charity event he voluntarily flew back to attend in the Twin Cities, justmonths after the organization essentially stole a year of financial freedom from him, feels like a bit much. IMO the angst over his performance is misplaced when this topic comes up. Anybody on this board would feel the same way if they were on the receiving end of contract manipulation.