mak1277 wrote: PlayingWithFire wrote:
mak1277 wrote:So now the tally is up to two organizations that have essentially given up on Chris Shelton. And people still think he's getting a raw deal? Is it possible that the people who have jobs that require them to evaluate talent know more than we do?
Do you think Jim Leyland doesn't want to win? If Shelton were significantly better than Casey, he'd be playing. If he were really a productive major league hitter, don't you think he'd at least be on the major league roster?
He's been hitting no?
And this is hardly the first time a deserving candidate don't get any playing time. Dominik Hasek spend 3 seasons as a backup before becoming one of the best goalie ever.
Did two teams pass on Hasek though? I mean, it's not just Detroit. Pittsburgh let Shelton go for nothing.
I'm not saying he's worthless, I'm just saying I put more faith in the fact that two organizations don't think he's worthy of a job than I do in his hitting stats in a vacuum.
I don't know anything about hockey either, but there are plenty of baseball examples... what about Jason Bay? The Mets and Padres easily gave up on him, and the Bucs only got him because the Padres wouldn't give up Xavier Nady. Now how did that turn out again?
Some other guys who have been given up on:
Emil Brown (not a star, but a solid offensive starter)
Reggie Sanders (now he really is done, but he kept going for a long time)
Bobby Abreu (was once traded for Kevin Stocker!)
Teams give up on lots of players, and even the best organizations are wrong sometimes... Shelton has hit well in his two seasons when given the opportunity. I think he'll hit again this year with the Tigers once injuries strike.