Reader Brian tips us off to an article
by SI.com's Jon Heyman, wherein he polled 14 anonymous front-office types to ask them the classic question: if you were building your franchise around one guy, whom would you choose?
Most of the results are what you'd expect. Reyes, Verlander, ARod, Peavy, Papelbon, Sizemore, etc. Ichiro gets three too-many votes. But the dumbest thing is in the "others receiving votes" category. Because receiving one vote is:Yadier Molina
Yadier. Molina. To build a franchise around.
He is an excellent defensive catcher. He also has 17 career HR. A .227 career EqA. And a .296 career OBP.
Hilariously, these other, and much better, players also received one vote: Takashi Saito, Vlad Guerrero, J.J. Putz, Dan Haren, Miguel Cabrera, Mariano Rivera, Prince Fielder, Roy Halladay, Josh Beckett, Carlos Beltran, Russell Martin.
Enjoy your franchise, Anonymous Dummy. It will be terrible.EDIT
: It has been pointed out to me that the question was: which five
guys would you build the franchise around. Which makes the vote for Molina merely ridiculous, as opposed to borderline-sociopathic.
Also, as Junior mentioned in the comments section, Saito is 37, which makes his vote equally insane. Many of you commented that to take a closer is stupid, though you have to admit it is less stupid if that closer is young (Papelbon) and cost-controlled and you also get four other dudes. Still dumb, but less dumb.
The point here is that this would be my five guys:
2. Yadier Molina
3. Michael Cuddyer
4. Jamie Moyer
5. Mike Stanley
So, I have a dominant closer, a young catcher, a Twin, a crafty lefty, and a guy who could teach Molina how to catch.
If I had a sixth pick it would be Pujols.
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