I’m watching the Yankees-Tigers Spring Training game, and Steve Phillips says something like this (sorry it’s not verbatim, I am not blessed with TiVo):
“The thing that fans sometimes don’t understand is that the difference between a major-league player and a minor-league player isn’t the player’s velocity [sic], or break on his pitches, or his skills. It’s the consistency of his performance.”
Well Steve, it would seem that some former general managers (that would be you) don’t understand that the consistency of a player’s perfomance is usually, gasp!, based on the velocity of his pitches, the break on his pitches, and his skills in general. Doesn’t that make sense? If a player has above-average skills, he will consistently perform well.