So part of the magic of the Major League Baseball season is seeing some of the highly touted rookies coming up to the majors and showing the team exactly what they are getting. Already this season MLB has seen the arrival of Joc Pederson, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Carlos Rodon. Chicago has been on the receiving end of 3 of these highly touted prospects. These players have been scouted, drafted, and basically just advertised as the next best thing. One thing that they all have in common is that all four have seen their Major league debuts.
Making your major league debut is supposed to be one of the best moments of a young players life. They work as hard as they can and finally realize the dreams they could actually pick up a baseball. For some of these players the debuts are strong. For others, it is less memorable. After that, it usually gets easier. Now for the hard part. Shut up about these rookies. Every day people who follow sports center on twitter have to read and listen about how Kris Bryant is starting at center for the first time in his career. My exact thoughts are “oh my god shut the hell up”.
When Kris Bryant came up for his debut, all I heard was how he was going to just kill the ball and how he’s going to revolutionize the Cubs and take them to the World Series. In his debut, Bryant went 0-4 with three strikeouts, or in funnier terms, he wore the “golden sombrero”. After that, every White Sox fan was gloating and saying how “great” a prospect he was. It is one game. Since then Bryant has been on a tear hitting over .400. Basically the message of this is “don’t judge a career on one performance.”
Carlos Rodon recently made his debut and it was bad. He threw 2.1 innings, but out of 61 pitches, he only threw 29 strikes. Yes that is bad. But it was also his first game. You don’t think there is going to nerves? But something I saw was one of my Facebook friends posted a status basically condemning Rodon and saying he sucks. I’m not sure how many times I have to say this, but it was his first game. You know who else struggled in his debut? Chris Sale. Look at him now, one of the best pitchers in MLB.
Yes I went on a rant. But the fact of the matter is that you cannot judge a career based on one performance. For all of these fans who try and judge a career on one performance, just think of two things: 1. It is his first time and the nerves are right there. And 2. Are you playing in a stadium with tens of thousands of fans watching your every move? No? That’s what I thought. So bottom line, shut up about these rookies and just enjoy what they’re going to contribute.