A simple “thanks” and some upcoming ideas

No new content today, fresh off a brilliant win by the Gunners, I’m buzzing and have quite a bit of stuff I’d like to get done today, but I’ll be back strong tomorrow. I wanted to just say thank you to those who continue to come back and read, those who email with questions and comments, and those who participate in the discussions here in the comments section. Less than a month ago, I had an idea for a blog, I didn’t know if I’d stick with it or if anyone would be interested, but now, 4 weeks and 10,000 hits later, I guess I’ve seen enough support to keep on keepin’ on. This has been good fun, and as we get closer to April, we’ll have even more to discuss.

You’ll notice a new page at the top called “questions/topics?” which has replaced the “opening statement” page. If you have ideas, or comments on the layout of the site, or anything else at all, share it there, or send an email, whichever you prefer. I’m constantly tinkering with the layout here, whether it be the fast navigation links on the left side, or possible additions to the right bar. Once the minor league season starts, the number of “feature pieces” will likely be reduced in favor of game recaps, game previews, prospect updates, etc etc, but I’ll still write some prose on certain topics. The roster pages for each level, which you can find on the left side of the main page, will be updated every few days (or when changes are made), and I’m also preparing a standings page of some sort.

Again, I want to thank you for the support and for continuing to come back. Tell your friends, if you think they’d care, and please keep checking back, especially once the season starts. I’ve got some other ideas, but most importantly, I want to continue writing about what people are interested in. Without interest from you, I’d have stopped after two entries. So again, thank you, and have a nice rest of your weekend.

– James.

4 thoughts on “A simple “thanks” and some upcoming ideas

  1. Thanks for keeping things going – curious if you thought about more specific modern MLB scouting practices.

    Does it ever include personal interviews with prospect, family, coaches, friends, teachers,etc. What about extensive family background checks, any psychological or other tests that the NFL does at the combines? Any certain personality types that they look for or will not risk.

  2. I’m pretty sure that all teams are very extensive when it comes to background/makeup issues, especially with higher draft picks where the signing bonus will be larger. The Phillies extensively scouted Drabek’s off the field issues and chalked it up to him just being young, and being able to grow out of it. In general, many teams will target guys with not only good baseball smarts, but also general intelligence, as they feel it will help the player handle the swings and demands of being a pro athlete. I’d think that for most teams, 80-85% of a player’s overall stock is what he does on the field. The last 15-20% is made up of the intangibles like background, personality, intelligence, etc etc. Those percentages probably vary from team to team. As far as I know, they don’t have specific tests to measure intelligence, like the Wunderlick in the NFL.

  3. A great start out of the gates and an excellent future. Congrats! I look forward to more.

  4. I’ve been reading your blog, and have yet to post any comments. This blog is amazing for the fan like me who wants to know more about the farm system and what the hell is going on down there.

    A Grateful Lifelong Phillies Fan,

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