Doesn’t it seem as though talking trade with David Price as a key conversation piece has become an annual event, at the midseason non-waiver deadline and in the off-season? Whether the Rays could afford to keep him was always a here today/gone tomorrow proposition, anyway, depending upon the team’s fortunes, and for 2014 the Rays seem now to have none.
When George F. Will took the plunge from interrupting his customary sociopolitical columns with periodic (and frequent) mash notes to the game he loves to a complete book, the impeccable Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, he sectioned it into studies of the pitcher, the manager, the batter, and the defender. “The Batter” was subtitled “Tony Gwynn’s Muscle Memory.” Will had in mind Gwynn’s mind as well as his arms, wrists, hands, and body.
“[H]ere I was, eleven picks [later], able to get my time in the big leagues,” wrote Doug Glanville, outfielder turned baseball writer (and a fine one), in The New York Times two years ago, remembering his draft (first round, 1991, to the Cubs) and the number one overall pick therein. “I made my major league debut, earned a multiyear deal, had a locker next to Alex Rodriguez’s. [Glanville played for the Rangers for part of 2003.] I try to tell myself that it was because of my better judgment about what risks to take, or my Ivy League opportunities, but comfort does not come. For me, reading about Brien Taylor is haunting.”