Wk1b25 wrote:Hmm ... what do Jose Guillen and Wily Mo Pena have in common that Josh Hamilton doesn't?
Hmm...they weren't the first pick of the MLB draft and were never considered to be 5-tool perennial all-star potential players? Or is it neither really got along with the club very well nor fit into their plans long-term at the time, I doubt the players/management in Cincinnati were too upset to get rid of Guillen (just ask Mike Scocia about the clubhouse benefits Guillen adds).
Give me a break, why would you even suggest something so ridiculous.
Guillen was a 5-tool prospect when he started out with Pittsburgh. As to his personality in Cincinatti ... GM Jim Bowden later re-acquired him in Washington so obviously Guillen didn't rub upper management the wrong way.
As to Wily Mo Pena ... another Rule 5 pick-up. Not sure how he was rated when starting out but the fact that he was a Rule 5 pick-up means the Reds thought he had potential.
I don't think it's so ridiculous to suggest that a baseball team in America's heartland would be more inclined to hand a starting job to a white guy over a black guy.
And I'm not specifically saying the Reds are conscious of this. Just that it's a very unique situation for team that is reasonably deep to hand a rookie who has barely played for three years a starting job after two weeks into the season.
But, hey, the numbers will bear out.