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There might be 4.1 billion possible positions, but an experienced player would eliminate a ton of those on their first move due to the moves not being potentially beneficial or even destructive to the player's game. At mid game, the number of "real" moves is not nearly that high.
Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov once said he calculates on average three to five moves ahead.
so while i appreciate the callout i don't think my post helped explain why other cardinal hitters are performing well in the majors
The Fielder contract is an obvious negative example, and giving Delmon as many PA's as they did certainly counts as a negative - but not nearly enough to offset the Cabrera trade, the Jackson/Scherzer trade, the Fister trade, the Infante/Sanchez trade, the Peralta trade...
Not just signing Prince a fielder, but moving Miggy to third to do it so corner defense could become awful.
For example, Detroit is clearly a stupid organization.
3: St Louis has a knack for playing these guys in St Louis, during their prime years, without spending a ton of money.
So yes, smart organization
After all, why do teams bring players up when they're 22, 23, 24? What's in it for them, if these players are unlikely to be stars, and if the team tends not to keep players into free agency?
We already see teams bringing up guys 2 months late to push their arb clocks back. Why not bring up guys 2 years late?
2a. Advantage of the accelerated path:
If he can learn to hit MLB pitching at 19, then he will have enormous amounts of experience during his physical peak relative to the counterfactual Edgar-path Jr. I don't see a scenario where this would make performance worse and many where it would be a huge advantage
But this cuts both ways. A lot of very young prospects won't be ready for MLB, and will be terrible, costing the team wins.
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