Tommy Hanson: Why Not Now?
I'm going to keep this brief because a decision may have already been made (some reports are saying Jo-Jo Reyes is already going to be recalled.)
I know what some of you are going to say. I know what some of the experts are saying about this idea in general. I know why the organization is doing what they are doing.
But, with Tom Glavine doing his new-found Mike Hampton impression, why don't the Braves go ahead and bring Tommy Hanson up?
Don't tell me this is rushing him, he pitched well in spring training and exceptionally well in his first AAA start (10 Ks in 4 2/3 innings.)
He may only be 22, but his stuff is as good as a 32-year-old's.
Hanson, without a doubt is ready for the Show, and we all know it.
In a previous article, I said that injury was the most likely scenario for Hanson to get his first regular season action.
Here we are, Apr. 13, and Glavine is getting his surgically repaired extremity examined by the man Braves fans are all too familiar with, Dr. James Andrews.
The only issue here is whether the Bravos are willing to sacrifice the extra arb-free year that they would get by holding Hanson back.
To me, the answer is: "Screw the arbitration, I want Hanson now," but my opinion and a quarter will buy you a newspaper.
Look, I understand what the Braves are doing; but a time will come where Braves fans will get tired of perpetually giving Jo-Jo Reyes fifth and sixth chances and begin to demand Hanson.
I am a big proprietor of baptism by fire (probably my favorite phrase of all-time,) and this is a perfect example of why.
To me, holding down ready-to-go talent only inhibits the growth of a player and spawns a certain sence of apathy that restrains the prospect's fire and drive that will bring his talent to the next level.
The only reasons Hanson didn't make the team straight out of spring training are Tom Glavine and money (the latter also applies to super-prospects David Price and Matt Wieters.)
Sure, a little more seasoning wouldn't hurt Hanson, but the torch will have to get passed at some point.
And if he gets burned with it, he'll only be gaining experience to better himself as the future ace of the Braves.
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