SEO tells me that I am contractually obligated to write an article on Shelby Miller today and so I comply.
It is not the infraction that I really want to write about today. A rich 20 year old kid drinking and fighting is a “dog bites man” situation. That would put him in about the “average” category for 20 year olds in the US. I’m sure all of us (who are over 20) can think of something stupid we did when we were 20 with or without alcohol. He did something, probably involving drinking and fighting, got caught and the Cardinals punished him. End of story, I hope.
Now on to what I find slightly more interesting and infuriating:
Apparently TLR even had input on disciplinary shutdown of Miller.
Ok, this is complete and utter BS. Do the Cardinals not have a member of their minor league organization who has suspended a guy before so they need help? Does Tony LaRussa even tell the groundskeeper how to do his job? Those are hopefully rhetorical questions, the latter more than the former, but this has gone too far. TLR is the manager of the baseball team, he coaches them on the field. We have learned that he is also the GM in the Rasmus situation and now he is lording over the minor leagues as well. To me, it does not matter if TLR went to Mo and the rest of the minor league team or they came to TLR. Why does he have so much power? Will TLR ever actually coach Shelby Miller?
Secondly, does this strike anyone as ironic, considering LaRussa’s previous run in with drinking and driving? Now, he is dealing out suspensions for minor leaguers who’s indiscretions are less than his own.
I have to move on to the next topic before my head explodes.
I’m hearing Cardinals having entitlement issues with more than one top prospect. Appears to be a recurring theme.
This is another tweet from Joe Strauss where he decries (yet again) how entitled he thinks Shelby Miller is. This comment however, rings true with what I have heard about the Cardinals system and I don’t think that makes the Cardinals out of the ordinary. Let’s go with a quote.
“We’re seeing an epidemic of people who are having a hard time making the transition to work — kids who had too much success early in life and who’ve become accustomed to instant gratification,” says Dr. Mel Levine, a pediatrics professor at the University of North Carolina Medical School
Dr. Levine here is not talking about young baseball players who have received a huge bonus or even baseball players in general, he is talking about all young adults from what some are derisively calling the Entitlement Generation. Every company in America that is hiring fresh out of college graduates has this problem with young, entitled youth. Every team in major league baseball has this problem among their prospects. That does not make it not a problem, it just does not make the Cardinals unique in having that problem.
Shelby Miller is a kid and kids make mistakes. Miller is unlike other kids his age as he does not get to make his mistakes in the relative consequence-free environment that college provides. Shelby lives in the (somewhat) real world. Miller will need to do a lot of growing up if he wants to turn his potential into reality between now and when he arrives on the scene in St. Louis. Additionally, getting better as a ballplayer requires work, and our young youth of the Entitlement Generation seem to want everything given to them ahead of completing any work. I don’t know for certain whether or not Shelby Miller wants to work for his goal of pitching in the majors, but the Cardinals will have to see that Miller works and continues to improve as a pitcher so that he can reach his lofty expectations. Their jobs depend on it. Hopefully, Tony La Russa will stay out of it this time.