Great Expectations

Once we start compartmentalizing prospects as failures if they don’t automatically become the Hall of Famers we propped them up to be, we are going to be disappointed.

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I saw some tweets today from our guy, PNoles, that said some Sox fans on Twitter would not be pleased if Eloy Jimenez turned out to have a career to the degree of Jermaine Dye… WHAT?! I know Dye was only worth 14.2 career fWAR, mainly due to poor range as he aged and poor fielding throughout his career, but let’s be realistic. Jermaine Dye was a World Series MVP. He had a career .338 OBP with 325 home runs and even topped out at 151 WRC+ in 2006. That is a great hitter. Eloy also has shown that he does not have a very good glove. He very well could project as a DH. Now you’re going to get all high and mighty like Eloy is supposed to be the best baseball player to come through Chicago since Frank Thomas? Give me a break. He very well could be, but taper your expectations just a little. We Sox fans have experienced a lot of letdowns since 2008. You are just setting yourself up to be let down again if that is how high your standards are for prized prospects.

The chances that Eloy becomes Manny Ramirez and jacks 50 dingers per year is a nice dream. If the Sox are building a winner, I would gladly take a Jermaine Dye, Carlos Lee, or a Magglio Ordonez. We’ve had way too many injury setbacks in the past year to let yourself get carried away like that. Dye was a good player. Lee was a good player. Ordóñez was a good player. Frank Thomas and Manny Ramirez were arguably top-ten players in the 1990s and 2000s. Those types don’t come along too often.

Luis Robert could be Ken Griffey Jr. or Carlos Beltran. He could also be Mike Cameron or Adam Jones. I would take any of those, especially in their prime. Once we start compartmentalizing prospects as failures if they don’t automatically become the Hall of Famers we propped them up to be, we are going to be disappointed. There are much bigger fish to fry in this rebuild than select players not becoming Hall of Famers. Enjoy the good players we have because we need them if we’re ever going to win a World Series again.


Featured Photo: John Antonoff/Chicago Sun-Times

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