Holding back King Felix
Alan Schwarz has a long piece in the latest Baseball America on Felix Hernandez which I’ll link to even though it’s subscriber-only.
The particularly interesting bit is that a decent chunk of the article, and Bryan Price comments specifically on this, is that they want to make sure the King Felix is mentally ready for success in the major leagues. Price at one point says “We do need to take the prep time to say ‘Look, you do really need to stay grounded here.’ And we do need to put somewhat of a barrier around him so he doesn’t get influenced in a negative way.”
I don’t know, of course, what kind of risks there are involved with Felix, or with any other player, and you really never know with anyone what’s going to happen when their lives change so dramatically.
It cheers me greatly to know that the Mariners are thinking about this, though, and trying to make sure he’s ready for the big leagues in more ways than whether or not he can blow a pitch by a batter. Whether it works, or whehter they’re even right — who knows. But I’m happy they’re considering it.