By Jane Smiley
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jane Smiley attracts upon her first-hand wisdom to check the pony on all degrees - sensible, theoretical and emotional. Drawing at the knowledge of shoes, vets, jockeys and a real-life horse whisperer, Smiley provides a component of drama and suspense as of her personal horses start their careers on the racetrack. because the horses catch up with to the winner's circle, we're enchanted, enthralled and trained approximately what it's particularly wish to personal, educate and root for a racehorse.
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This logic applies to the exchange of baseball players, as well. Players change teams only because both general managers see the new player(s), prospect(s), or cash as superior to what they gave up. WHY JOHNNY ESTRADA IS WORTH KEVIN MILLWOOD: VALUING PLAYERS AS ASSETS And this doesn’t necessarily mean superior playing quality—salary obligations, service time, age, and contract length also play important roles. Player skill-sets may just fit better on different teams, one team may need budget relief while the other is willing to spend, or a team that’s out of the pennant race may be willing to give up its star for the potential of prospective future stars.
A pitcher who pitches on a team with good hitters will receive more W’s than if he was on a team with bad hitters. Conversely, a pitcher on a team with bad hitters will earn fewer W’s than he would on a team with good hitters. Properly crediting pitchers for their contributions to winning requires using other measures that better reflect pitchers’ abilities to help their teams win. In baseball, the task of breaking down the game into components of responsibility is relatively easy compared to other team sports, because the teams take turns on offense and defense, and pitchers and batters engage in one-on-one contests.
By trading Millwood to the Phillies, the team had just rid itself of an asset that was not generating positive value. Had Estrada never played another day in the majors, the Braves were bettered simply by removing Millwood from their roster. The move was exacerbated by the stagnation of pitcher salaries during this time. 6 percent per year. 1 percent per year. This was an era of cheap pitching, not a time when a team needed to be paying top dollar for mid-level talent. The Braves would replace Millwood with a series of moves that included promoting minor-league talent and signing some veteran free agents; the latter group was especially cheap.