Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/13/14
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I was watching the “Phillies On Deck” on Sunday and realized something. Dom Brown has more raw ability that Juan Pierre, both featured in Sunday’s program, but Juan Pierre has much more baseball sense.     What does that mean? The Phillies have a ton of pitching, a ton of confidence, and a good chance to win. You think that ability has everything to do with sport. Explain Brian Dawkins and what he meant to the Philadelphia Eagles. Then I remembered the story of Billy Beane, a guy with a ton of talent, but not much baseball sense on the field of play. From the book,”Moneyball,” which I read four months ago or more: The Mets held the first overall pick in the 1980 draft, and so Billy was theirs for the taking. World was that the Mets had narrowed their short list to two players, Billy and a Los Angeles high school player named Darryl Strawberry. Word was that a Mets official preferred Billy to Strawberry. (He was not alone). Speaking of Beane, Roger Jongwaard said: “He had the size, t...
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