Tom Tango chimed in with an interesting thought over at The Book Blog today that I wanted to highlight:
Its interesting how little minor leaguers are paid, and how talented players, with limited drive, are weeded out. Imagine instead that minor leaguers are paid half the MLB minimum (200,000$ a year). Now, those leagues could see a shift of players with more physical tools than mental/emotional ones. And, that might not be the best thing. Indeed, its very possible that the low pay and rough life is part of the process of becoming a MLBer. In the NHL, Canadians make a big deal about the Sutter brothers, players with limited physical tools but huge on heart and determination, players who worked on their parents farm in the offseason, and on their own. When it comes to player makeup, its possible its an important attribute. Certainly in the lower leagues. And thats at least one place where scouting has a leg up on performance analysis.
Tango suggests that players who make it through the crucible of the minor leagues may by nature have good makeup, as they survive fairly tough conditions and an uncertain future for a long time before they see any payoff. It takes a lot of discipline and will to make it to the majors. This ties into previous discussions that we have had about effort. I firmly believe that unless you see something obvious to the contrary, most players give it their all on most nights. They have spent their entire life working to hone their craft and achieve success, and I do not see them relaxing once they reach the majors. It takes a certain breed to reach the top of a profession, and that sort of individual is usually fairly motivated.
Do you agree?
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