Basically, the Diamondbacks resemble a team that plays the game as Gibson did: with grit, scrappiness and a dirty uniform.
The one thing people have seemed to overlook during this Arizona overhaul is that Gibson was about as talented as anyone in the game when he was at his best. Gibson was a star. And once he got to Los Angeles and helped the Dodgers win their last World Series in 1988, he was a superstar, the kind of marketable player who help franchises sell season-ticket packages.
Towers ignored that when he got rid of players who seemed to be his most talented.
... But this team isn’t built to win three years from now. Maybe prospects like Gregorius and pitcher Tyler Skaggs will have developed into productive major leaguers in the next few seasons, but projected starters like Prado (29 years old), Ross (32), second baseman Aaron Hill (31 this week), catcher Miguel Montero (30 in July) and outfielder Jason Kubel (31 in May) are here to win now.
And none of them has anything close to the raw talent of Upton (26 in August), Young (29) or Bauer (22). None of them has the talent Gibson had.
“I think that’s what people don’t realize,” a National League scout said during spring training last week. “Gibby was as talented as any player on the field when he was in his prime. That could have been Upton. That could have been Bauer. When guys have the chance to be that kind of player, you deal with whatever else you don’t like about them as people, especially when they are still under team control.”
Posted: March 20, 2013 at 05:19 AM | 43 comment(s)
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