2131andBeyond wrote:When I see this, it makes me think that we only had him (Shelby) in the organization because of his dad.
I know nothing about Donaldson.
Don wrote:It should not sting; it is the grind that so many countless others fail to overcome the massive amount of obsticles to become a proffesional athlete, even your highly touted players have a rough road. Bill Rowell is a recent example of even highly touted players have difficult roads. The world can be handed to you on a string and the stars still do not align for major league advacement.
I was once one of those un-fourtunate guys that simply had to find another avenue in life. The talent level between a organizational guy, a high prospect, and the everyday major leaguer is so slim that most fail to really realize it. There is a world of difference between the 97th percentile and the 99th percentile, but the two are light years ahead of even you above average college player. It is the difference between a hall of famer and the guy that never makes it big, but both are some of the best to ever lace up cleats on the diamond.
At least this kid will have the memories that so many wish to experiance. His draft day, his first day in the ballpark, the first time he put on a uniform, etc.... At first it is a disaster, but in hingsight it gives him a wealth of stories and potential life lessons to instill on future generations. It is what Donaldson can do from this point forward that will instill the test of character that brought him to this point. It should not be sad; it is simply the next chapter that he can take forward in life.
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