wrveres wrote:well there is many examples of players struggling when they come over. Giambi, Thome are justa few recent example. Pitchers generally have the early advantage in a league switch. But the single most difficult position to learn, when facing a league switch is Catchers. Not only do they have to learn a new league, but they also need to learn a new Pitching staff.
As Arlo said earlier ... its just one part of the puzzle.
as for Vlad. as long as he is healthy, he will be fine. Its not like any pitcher is going to get a ball by that swing anyway.
But there are also many examples of people not struggling when they come over. Mueller, Pudge, Bret Boone, to name a few off of the top of my head.
I don't think there's any good data that suggests that players who switch leagues are at a significant disadvantage just because of the league switch nor that pitchers have any initial advantage. That's why I would ignore.