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Bottle or Draft? The Crazy World of Player Selection Meetings

NEW YORK - JULY 15:  Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig speaks at a press conference before the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Mr. Incoherent BabbleContributor IJune 11, 2009

In the world of sports nothing gives fans more hope then the draft and no I don’t mean what the bartender has tap. The draft signifies hope; the kind of hope that makes bad teams into good teams and good teams into great teams.

 

Just a little over a month and a half ago I’d wager to bet that quite a few people tuned in to watch or at least checked frequently on the Internet the monster that is the NFL Draft.  Before that I bet quite a few people looked up all the mock drafts from every prognosticator, most of whom haven’t seen half of the players in the draft, just to get a glimpse of who their team might be picking.

 

The end of this month brings us the less talked about and but equally important NBA Draft. Tucked neatly in between in the King Draft and Draft Jr. is the Major League Baseball Draft. I will be the first to admit I don’t know much about this but what I do know drives me crazy. I’ve compiled a list (in no particular order).

 

It’s too long. I realize that teams have to fill out farm system, but do they need to do it in three days? I think teams start throwing darts at a board or picking names out of a hat by the end of the thing. How many gems can you expect to find in round 47?

 

Top round picks have too much leverage. If a team can’t get the player they drafted signed by August 15 then the player gets to go back in the draft the next year. Could you imagine if the Detroit Lions couldn’t get a deal done with Matthew Stafford? He could just head on back to Georgia for this senior season and give the whole draft thing another whirl next year.

 

Michael Vick. No dog fighting involved this time. In 2000 the Colorado Rockies drafted Vick in the 30th round. Michael Vick had not played baseball since he was in high school, if then. 

 

Were the Rockies hoping this whole football thing was just a phase Michael would grow out of before he discovered his true love baseball? This year’s “If you bomb in the NFL you’ll always have us” award goes to Jake Locker, quarterback at the University of Washington, who was drafted in the 10th round by the Angels.

 

Lastly it has to be the biggest crap-shoot of all the drafts. It takes at least three or four years for most players to make from the minors to the majors so teams can’t draft for what the need now they have to guess on what they will need four years from now.  I have to give up for some of these GM’s and the foresight it must take to build a club.

 

Drafts have become the most over-hyped, over analyzed thing we love about sports.  Hope always springs eternal in the minds of Draftniks everywhere, and if you love as much as I do don’t forget to check out the NHL Draft, the MLS Superdraft and the United States Cricket Player Pick’em.

 

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