He caught 38 balls as a freshman, and had 36 as a sophomore in three less games. A 50 catch year certainly wouldn't have been out of reach for him. He needed to get stronger, and definitely needed to become a better route runner. Those two things are most definitely things that come with being more "polished". And are certainly things that translate into more production. A 4th round grade after a year of being a focal point in the offense? Yeah, not farfetched at all.
It was most certainly what he felt was best for him, and that's all that matters. But it isn't wrong to speculate on whether or not he might regret it down the road, no different than how we react to a professional player taking the most money to go to a bad situation.
And for the ones saying that, regardless of whether he's a 6th round this year or a 4th round pick next year, he will still need to prove himself in order to make a roster...yeah, that's true. But IF he was never really able to develop in the NFL, and only lasted the length of his rookie contract, the 550k signing bonus you get as a 4th round pick would be a lot easier to stretch out than the 50k you get as a 6th round pick.
Again, he made the decision that he felt was best for him. Period. If he didn't want to be in school, was going to have one foot out the door anyways, etc. than it was clearly the right call. But you can't fault someone for talking about what another year of school could have meant for him.
Man...until the day I die, watching Holy Buckeye will send absolute chills through me. What an absolutely classic and timeless moment in a program history full of them.
Didn't see this before I posted below, but Berrios is a guy I have had stashed away for a year now. He should be with the big club by the end of May.
I play in a league where we have to have three prospects on our team at all times. It is also a keeper league. I have had Jose Berrios stashed away since last spring. It's just a matter of time before the Twins call him up, and he's coming with a ton of hype.
I apologize for possibly being too late to share my opinion on this, but Aaron Blair has been called up to start tomorrow for the Braves. He is a top prospect and one of the main pieces they got back when they fleeced the D-Backs in the Shelby Miller deal. He's coming off of 7 no-hit innings in his last start. Definitely worth consideration. Not sure how long he'll stay up, but with the Braves not being competitive this year, he could have an extended stay.
Totally understand where you're coming from. I've seen it plenty of times at opposing teams' ballparks. I've been to a lot of parks to see the Sox on the road. It's a huge fan base, regardless of the bandwagoners. Unfortunately that means that there will definitely be a good amount of pricks among them. I've also seen it flipped, where the home crowd is overly rude towards those of us who aren't bothering anyone, simply because Sox fans can take over a stadium quickly.
Anyone who says Bama fans aren't overly arrogant didn't spend a couple days with them down in NOLA leading up to the Sugar Bowl. They aren't the "in your face" type of arrogant, just dismissive of every other program in college football. But I do agree that they have a right to be.
And as a life long Sox fan, I can't disagree with those of you who have said Red Sox fans. I've really hated how the fan base has evolved into everything we've hated about Yanks fans for so long. Winning inevitably will do that, I guess, but it's unfortunate.
Not sure if they've been mentioned, but Cowboys fans in the 90's? Yikes. And they haven't changed a bit, even though '95 is a very distant memory.
Y3 is where the school gets its allotment. So if you're trying to sit with Buckeye fans, that's a safe bet.
Madison is a blast! But its reputation precedes itself. State street before the game is a must. Grab a brat at State street brats. Stay away from Regent street unless you're trying to get rowdy/potentially get into a scuffle.
While you're correct in saying that they're not forcing him out, asking him to wait a year now is about as close as you can get to it without telling him flat out that he doesn't have a spot in the class.
If you had worked your entire career for a particular promotion, and your boss comes to you and says you'll be getting it very soon, you'd be ecstatic. Now imagine your boss coming to you and telling you that they'd actually like to give you the next promotion that opens up, because they found someone they value more for this first promotion. How does that affect your feelings towards your boss and place of work? Where's your sense of value to the company?
I've been fortunate enough to cross several off of my list. Went to the sugar bowl and national championship in 2014. Been to many editions of The Game. And I've seen my Sox play the Yanks at the Fens and in the Bronx. Another big one for me is the Kentucky Derby. I was raised on horse racing and that was a must. What's left?
The Bucks in Pasadena
Carolina/Duke in Cameron and a game at Phog Allen
The other two legs of the triple crown
A Browns Super Bowl (Who am I kidding?)
Yeah, if I accomplished all of that....kill me right then and there.
Kashmir, for sure. It was Chase Utley's walk up music in Philly. That song puts me in a whole different mental state.
For Those About To Rock would also get some consideration.
Pulse of the Maggots, by Slipknot, would be another one.
The agrresivness Marc Loving showed down the stretch, when Jae'Sean went down, has to stick next year. If it does, he could finally put together the type of season he's always been capable of.
I just don't have a ton of faith in Mickey Mitchell on the offensive end, and as it was said in a previous post, he's going to see limited minutes if Tate is healthy.
Im expecting JaQuan Lyle to take a huge step forward next year. He has to improve his jumper, but I'm really banking on him to become a leader next year. He has to if this team is to take a significant step forward.
This is an article I wrote earlier in the year. A large contingent of the Buckeye basketball fans drive me absolutely nuts.
He had a few classes ranked in the top 30. And a couple that weren't ranked in the top 50. He recruited very well for what they had been accustomed too, I guess. I would expect Lovie to do better than that. But I understand your point. It doesn't matter if you don't develop it on the field. But again, you would have to imagine Lovie will get more out of his players than Ron Zook ever did. Regardless of the difference in the college game and the NFL.
It is definitely a different environment. But he should be able to recruit at a rate that program has never seen. His NFL ties, especially in that state, and the fact that they are finally putting up the money to upgrade their facilities should make for a great marriage. As was said earlier, the biggest thing will be how long they can keep him from returning to the NFL.
It would be as big of a "home run" hire as they could have possibly asked for. I'm happy for them, even though I can't help but feel as if somehow it will still go South in a hurry.
I'm leaning towards only keeping Rosenthal. There are a couple battles for the closing job that I'll be keeping an eye on. I might be able to draft a couple late in the draft because guys aren't current on competitions.
I had Cespedes in my 7 locks. So add Waino and Hamels to that, that makes 9. Do you keep Cruz, Ortiz, or Adrian Gonzalez?
So you like Cruz over Big Papi and A-Gon? If I thought he was a guarantee to duplicate his power numbers from last year, that would be a no brainer. I just wonder if he can keep that up playing half of his games at Safeco. Then again, A-Gon didn't hit for the average that has made him so valuable, and who knows if Ortiz has one more great season in him.
I picked Wainwright up at the end of the championship week, knowing that I had already won. Cost me absolutely nothing. I'm not sure what kind of innings limit he may be on this year, so that concerns me about keeping him this year. But if I hold on to him this year, and he bounces back, he'd be an absolute must have in 2017.
I'm struggling to figure out what to do with the closers the most. I have three spots to decide on. Do I keep all three closers over elite offense or above average pitching?
I've nailed down 7 that are pretty much guarantees: Posey, Stanton, Abreu, Betts, Cespedes, Scherzer, and Rosenthal.
That's 5 offensive guys, a starter, and a closer.
Keep in mind that I traded my 1st and 2nd round picks last year in order to win now. So I wont be picking in the first two rounds of the draft, unless I can trade back into them between now and March 15th.
My team includes:
Bats: Buster Posey, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Abreu, Mookie Betts, Yoenis Cespedes, Adrian Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez
Arms: Max Scherzer, Cole Hamels, Adam Wainwright, Trevor Rosenthal, Huston Street, Francisco Rodriguez
1994 Michigan game.
1995 Notre Dame game.
1996 Indiana game to clinch Rose Bowl birth.
2002 Michigan game.
2003 NC state game.
2014 Big Ten title game.
2015 Sugar Bowl.
2015 CFP championship game.
1996 Michigan game.
1998 Michigan State game.
2013 Big Ten title game.