Its a complete hack job by Wright Thompson taking things that were quoted in a laughing and joking context and making them out to be scathing attacks.
KC Star article wrote:“He said I wasn’t going to make the big leagues,” Pujols said, laughing, in the Cardinals clubhouse. “That’s why he got fired.”
Why did he get fired, if it wasn't for making Pujols upset?
“We made some decisions to go into a different direction in our scouting,” said Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty. “We rearranged some of our scouts, we let a few go, we hired a few ones, and Dave was a casualty of that restructure of our scouting. There were some scouts who were less productive than others.”
George_Foreman wrote:What a stupid story. EVERYONE pass on Pujols; no body saw his dominance coming. If anything, it should be a cautionary tale about how even today's modern, SABRmetric methods can still fail to predict something as great as Albert Pujols.
Very nicely put.
Except that it shows nothing of the sort. "Today's modern SABRmetric methods" weren't even being used to evaluate players for the draft at this time.
bigh0rt wrote:Something tells me if this story was about A-Rod, the bias of this article would go un-noticed...
While I know you are obsessed with the Yankees, lets try to keep this thread on topic.
You're a classy guy.
What I was doing was pointing out that because this article was about Albert Pujols, people are quick to jump about it being one-sided and biased (which Tavish seemed to later prove) -- however, if it were about Alex Rodriguez, people would simply be replying with "What a jerk!" and not considering any other side to said story.
Man, ya lose in the ALDS and things start gettin' a little crazy...