Matt P wrote:Wow, you are really making something out of nothing on this one. Tillman pitched better than Johnson did in his debut this year and was then sent to AA to make his next start because he wasn't needed to pitch in the majors for at least 10 days. Nobody said anything about how awful it was for Tillman and how it was a slap in the face to him. Why would you keep Johnson on the roster when he won't pitch at all when you can have Socolovich on the roster to pitch out of the bullpen in mop up duty or if a starter comes out early.
I just see the two situations as being substantially different.Chris Tillman
has a unique and enviable talent that he has taken for granted in his professional career. I don't think anyone can objectively say that he's worked HARD to be successful until this past year.
Johnson doesn't have a third of Tillman's natural talent yet he's worked his TAIL off to be a successful pitcher. Tillman's upside is probably a #2 on a good team. Johnson's is a #4, maybe. Tillman has been given every opportunity to make it in the ML. Johnson, not so much.
Tillman was a Second Round pick in the 2006 draft, and I would expect he got a bonus that reflected his high draft position. Johnson was selected in the 13th round of the previous draft and it's a safe bet that the Dodgers didn't throw money at him.
As fans we tend to look at players as nothing more than good and bad performances, and forget that they are human beings too. As I said several times I understand WHY we sent Johnson back to AAA, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.