At 03:53 PM 8/21/2009, you wrote:
An interesting comparison
between homegrown talent may be found here:
And don't forget that the veteran core of the team--Mariano Rivera, Jorge
Posada, Derek Jeter, and Andy Petite--are all homegrown, too.
In other words, money does not buy championships, but it does permit a
team to hold on to talent.
Largely agree, although it's worth noting that the Yanks have bought more
high-priced free agents than anyone else. That said, I'm
really glad that the Yanks have apparently placed more emphasis on
developing from within of late. It makes things a lot more
fun. The Sox have had an excellent farm system for some time now
and it really has paid off (even to the point of producing some stunning
talent for use in trades - Hanley Ramirez comes to mind). Not all
of it pans out, of course (Craig Hansen comes to mind on THAT one) but
when you look at people like Pedroia, Papelbon, Lester, Ellsbury and
Buchholz, well, it sure is fun - to say nothing of building fan loyalty
because we folks who live in the cheap seats can see these kids on their
Seems to me that it makes for baseball that's just a little more pure.
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