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What's the "odd player development news" out of Pittsburgh?
Like a month ago there was a story about some idiot assistant GM who had the idea to put their prospects through 3 days of what was purported to be Navy SEAL training. Now it turns out that one of their top prospects was injured during the training and the Pirates apparently attempted to cover it up.
Apparently the GM gets credit for the idea as well, not just the assistant
Now it turns out that one of their top prospects was injured during the training and the Pirates apparently attempted to cover it up.
They handled it badly, to be sure, but that's not the same thing as trying to cover it up.
Gregory Polanco was not injured during the training - he aggravated an existing ankle injury, after he had been cleared to participate.
There is some thought that this will hurt Pittsburgh's ability to sign players and Appel taking notice is presented as evidence in favor of that idea.
Call me crazy but that sounds like injuring something. You can injure something that's already been injured. Disregarding whether it was a good idea in the first place it also raises questions of why somebody who was already injured was cleared.
If the SEAL training is all that kept us from signing a bust-waiting-to-happen like Appel, it's already paid for itself.
Why would you even consider firing a GM for something like this?
With 20 years of "bust" adequately describing the whole franchise, is it the uncertainty that vexes you so?
It's not like military PT is going to be anything particularly stressful on professional athletes (I'm sure they weren't doing real SEAL training, e.g. swimming in freezing water).
It can't be actual SEAL training, no company would sign off on the liability.
If the Pirates hadn't taken a swing at Appel, they had a pre-draft deal in place with David Dahl, who totally destroyed rookie ball and looks like a future star.
Is this actual SEAL training or stuff branded as "SEAL Team Training"?
I'm not ready to go off the deep end on Dahl yet. You're in an environment where teams are averaging nearly six runs per game, and while Dahl led the league in just about everything he wasn't *that* much above and beyond. We need to wait and see what happens when he gets to a full-season league.
So they learn how to bounce a ball on their nose?
You're not necessarily down on Dahl, are you? Just cautious.
As always, I like to remind people of Mitch Einertson.
This is probably picking nits, but I'm not sure Einertson is the best example -- he had his own flags, beyond just age/level/environment.
It's kind of alamring to realize that Dahl is actually younger than the Rockies franchise.
"A DONUT?!?! WELL PRIVATE, YOU ARE GOING TO STAND THERE AND EAT THAT DONUT WHILE THE REST OF THE PLATOON EATS THOSE DONUTS OVER THERE ON THAT TABLE!"
It's even dumber than that. The hugely successful Pittsburgh Penguins did the exact same SEAL training a year before that, and nobody in the media said #### about it at the time.
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