2) Stop making roster decisions based on spring training stats
This one’s a little fuzzy, and besides, I might as well come out against the American way, right? It’s true that denying players the right to win a spot in the majors thanks to a hot Spring Training is like denying the very right to competition—except spring training is not really competition.
Rather, it’s a mere month of exhibition games played on the most unreliable field you can find: a field filled with minor leaguers as the primary competition. The idea that management should choose a guy who has a hot 40 at-bats or dozen innings pitched, when everything in that player’s history argues against it, is a romantic story, but also a phony one. Almost inevitably, that player will fall apart when the regular season comes.
What’s the harm? The harm is that the guy who has proven his worth over a previous season --whether that guy’s a rising 22-year-old prospect or a 32-year-old vet who still has talent --- can be sandbagged for someone who just has a few good weeks to his name. You see, I’m all for the American way and letting the best man win. I just think the best man proves himself over more than a handful of games in March.
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