The narrative here is young guy sees his chance at big league glory and grabs it . . . pitches through pain and triumphs until he simply breaks down.
Nice movie treatment. A terrible way to manage assets.
Stammen admits he was "lucky" it was just bone chips. J Zimm wasn't so lucky. Pitching through pain cost his '10 season.
I'm all for creating competition. Competition is the driving force for economic growth, for bringing out the best in competitors.
I can't blame Stammen for pitching through the pain. He wants to pitch in the bigs, he saw his opportunity and he took it.
It's the organization that is responsible for the efficient use of its assets. They have to think of the outcomes they want: is it more valuable to create a culture of extreme competition or is it more valuable from a long-term perspective to protect the health of young assets?
If the Nats had created a culture where Stammen or J Zimm could have come forward and said "Hey my arm hurts" without having it held against them would the Nats be better off (i.e. no TJ for J Zimm)?
I don't know the answer. Perhaps that elbow ligament was going to tear no matter what. Maybe Stammen did as well as he can do even with the elbow pain. I'd just like to see the people responsible for asset management (the baseball people in this case) at least have (dare I say it) a Plan.
The great what-if?
Aroldis Chapman befuddles Reds hitters
Grain of salt: Reds hitters. Still better than Chapman can't find home plate with two hands.
And why didn't the Nats make the deal with Livan! before Chapman made his decision. Wouldn't that be a great recruiting tool . . . here's a wise ooollldddd Cuban pitcher who can be your mentor.
Again, I note: all it would have taken was a little cash.