Monday, February 28, 2005

Let's Play A Game

It's called "Which one of these is exactly like the others?"

I'll post a link to this article, and a link to this other article, and you tell me which one is different.

Give up? Me too. This is a pretty dumb game.

From Ed Eagle's Bullington article:

Because Bullington was selected by the Pirates with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, he is always sure to receive more than his share of attention from reporters and fans. And as the No. 1 pick for a franchise which must build through the draft and player development, Bullington is well aware of the high expectations that have been placed on his shoulders.

From Dejan Kovacevic's Bullington article:

Bryan Bullington displays a keen understanding that, no matter how well he pitches, how quickly he develops, it might not be enough to get anyone outside the Pirates' organization to evaluate him on his own merits.

Not when he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft.


"Bullington's development has gone well," said Pirates director of player development Brian Graham. "He has two full seasons of professional baseball under his belt. He is going to be a starter in Triple-A and he's not even [on] the [40-man] roster. That is pretty impressive."


"All aspects of his development have gone well," director of player development Brian Graham said. "He has two full seasons under his belt, and he's going to be a starter in AAA. ... That's pretty impressive."

Almost all the quotes in the article have the same sorts of similarities, which just amplifies the absurdity of the face-saving Dave Littlefield and Brian Graham are trying to do. The quotes beg the question: Who decides who the beat writers write about? Do the Pirates do it? Or do the beat writers huddle up each morning and decide who to write about that day?

Both articles give misleading impressions of Bullington's status as a prospect. Eagle works for Major League Baseball, so it's no surprise that he does this. Kovacevic's article is better written and presents a clearer picture, but the headline is "Bullington making steady progress in Pirates' system."

Kovacevic probably didn't write that, and it's technically true, but it's not the first thing you'd hope someone would remember about Bullington. If he weren't a #1 draft pick, he'd be back at AA in 2005, which means his progress wouldn't be steady.


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