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Friday, March 18, 2005

LeBreton with a puff piece on Mike Young 

Gil LeBreton had a column on Mike Young yesterday, and the opening sentence rubbed me a little wrong:

Michael Young is fast becoming the best shortstop a lot of people have never heard of.

I guess LeBreton went with that because it is a catchy intro, and plays into the whole "lack of respect" thing that the Rangers seem to want to thrive on...but it doesn't seem to match reality.

Young was an All-Star last season. He got a ton of publicity of succeeding He Who Shall Not Be Named at shortstop for the Rangers last year. He was generally credited, locally, as being the team MVP, even though Mark Teixeira was probably more worthy. The Baseball Tonight guys fawned over him all season, with John Kruk calling him the league MVP at one point?

So who are all these people who haven't heard of Mike Young? Even most casual fans know who he is.

It doesn't really matter, but it seems that too often journalists try to downplay the recognition level or notoriety of certain players, as if the player somehow should get even more credit if he is underrated.

And besides, if there's a "best shortstop a lot of people have never heard of", it is Mark Loretta -- more obscure than Young, and a better player the last couple of years.


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Loretta's had a couple of really nice years but he's now a 2B, not a SS
 
Doh! You are right...my mistake there...
 
aside from that - good point & well put...as usual
 
Maybe he's the best no one has ever heard of until last year...Young wasn't a SS (much - except perhaps in the minors) until last year when ARod got sold er..traded.

And you may or may not know, John Sickels wrote about Young at AA (Paraprasing here...) Young will never be an everyday MLB SS.

I hate LeBreton though, so I really could care less about his crap. I never read it. :)
 
Maybe he's the best no one has ever heard of until last year...Young wasn't a SS (much - except parhaps in the minors) until last year when ARod got sold er..traded.

And you may or may not know, John Sickels wrote about Young at AA (Paraprasing here...) Young will never be an everyday MLB SS.

I hate LeBreton though, so I really could care less about his crap. I never read it. :)
 
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