- Dec 16, 2008
I like the baseball analogy somebody brought up. A guy like Roger Clemens relied 100% on his stuff when he was in his prime. He was cocky, would even throw at people and let people steal second and think nothing of it (because he knew he'd get the guy at the plate). Yet, when the stuff "degrades," they all turn into the crafty veterans to put the zeros up.
I guess billy's point about seeing if he plays smarter when his talent degrades significantly (now??) will be the most telling evidence. I personally think we may see efren "retire" kinda early, but in any event it will be interesting to see. But yes, I think we have all witnessed him shoot some funky shots. I tend to feel his biggest weakness is his patience.
But for me, the big picture is one in which his shot selection and general overall strategy has been nothing short of brilliant over his career. No reason to think this will change with declining ability, but we'll see.
I guess this acknowledges that Efren has room to play smarter? I like the baseball analogy, also being a baseball fan. Many times a young fire-throwing pitcher relies on his fastball but after all the players get used to timing it it doesn't work anymore. All that tells me is that the guy wasn't taught to pitch properly in little league, college, minor leagues nor the majors either.
Although many pitchers do become more "crafty" as they age and lose their fastball, and some also change because of injury, what they change into is the pitcher they should have been all along and had inside of them to become. It's wasted talent to me and I hate it when I see it probably because I had no physical talent for the game (pool) whatsoever. I felt the way Brooks Robinson felt about hitting.