A brilliant post by veteran YES Board Poster, Qwik.
May 5, 2010 -- 5:14PM, qwik3457bb wrote:
People believe in what they see and read.
The see Johnson with a .130 BAVG. They read in the papers that he's too passive. They see he's hefty. They read he's a National Leaguer.
And then they completely ignore his career record, as if a bad 15 games in April wipes out a career of 800 games, 8 seasons.
A player who's not really too old is in a slump, that becomes a sinkhole, that becomes a canyon. You're organization he's with; what do you do?
What you do is: you wait.
You wait because it's early.
You wait because the player has a track record of much more significant length than this short slump.
You wait because your eyes, and the scouts, and the staff, say there's nothing wrong with him; he hasn't "lost it" overnight.
You wait because if you make a move in haste to get rid of him, you're trading him for 10 cents on the dollar, or you're releasing him so someone else, maybe a playoff competitor, can pick him up for free.
You wait because if you call a kid up from the farm in panic, you're rushing his development, possibly damaging him permanently. If you dump prospects in a desperation trade, you're shortchanging the future just to feel better at this moment, because the player you're trading for is no better than the player you're burying, 90% of the time.
You wait because you don't want to look like you're panicking; not to your fans, not to your opposition, and especially, not to your own players.
You wait until you can't wait anymore without significantly damaging your chances at the post-season.
The Yankees were never close to that point with Nick Johnson; nor are they close with Javier Vazquez. Yet.
You act like an adult.
You wait, patiently.