Matt P wrote:Do you really think that they can just magically fix their inabilities to lay off the breaking ball in the dirt?
There would be nothing "magical" about it, just good coaching and "want to".
Jones wants to be a leader. If Buck just had the video staff put together a DVD of Jones swinging at that same low outside pitch in segments titled April, May, June, and so on followed by a segment titled Playoffs he could spend his winter getting his head right about the major flaw in his game. He has shown he has the "want to".
Davis' story is about identical. He has that one big flaw. Let him see what the pitcher (and everyone else who's watching the game) sees. Last year he just wanted to prove to the league (and maybe himself) that he belonged at this level. Now, he has a chance to show how good he can really be. He's smart enough to know that he needs to get past this hurdle to go to the next level and he "wants to".
Matt P wrote:Also, Jones has already been an All Star twice.
Technically yes, legitimately, IMO no. His first selection was obligatory. We had to have a player on the team and he was the best choice. This last year we had three players but, IMO Jones went on his likeability and potential more than his performance.
Don't get me wrong, I think Adam Jones
is a good player, but he has great in him. He just needs to accept what his main weakness is and he can be a perennial All Star. A true impact player and a real team leader.