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Incaviglia was so intent on going directly to the big leagues that after Montreal made him the eighth overall Draft pick in 1985, he refused to sign without a guarantee. The Expos declined and then traded his rights to the Rangers, who signed him. That led to Major League Baseball adopting what is known as the “Incaviglia Rule,” which forbids a team from trading a Draft pick until one year after he signs his first pro contract…
. So here’s the thing: At no point in major league history – even during the most explosive offensive eras – has a player capable of putting up those kinds of numbers not been able to find a starting job somewhere in the major leagues. And if you are already good enough to start somewhere in the major leagues, there’s not really much point in wasting away in the minor leagues somewhere
Perhaps the Expos believed Pete spending a little time working to fix his many weaknesses down on the farm, rather than assuming he was already big-league ready, might have helped Inky become a genuinely good major league baseball player, rather than the pedestrian one he amounted to.
Can anyone think of a player that actually turned a relative weakness in his plate game into a strength?
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