Jim Souhan, the Star Tribune’s orneriest of ornery columnists, has a tradition of calling out players that struggle, and calling for players to be jettisoned if they don’t fit his mold of what a good ball player should be. A couple of players he has taken issue with, for example, were Trevor Plouffe, Aaron Hicks and Danny Valencia in their younger days. Sure he hit on Delmon Young, but more often than not, he has been unnecessarily shortsighted.
He was also one of the proponents of an extended stay of Torii Hunter upon his return, and the cheerleader for Hunter’s “leadership” upon his return last year. You would think that this year, without Hunter, and a lot of underperforming youngsters, Souhan would have nothing but bad things to say about the organization this year. It’s practically a perfect storm of things he hates.
Well this is interesting. I wonder wh–
The team should practice patience with their top prospect, just like they did with Torii Hunter.
Oh, I get it. This is basically a way to pine for Torii. (I should note, I don’t disagree with the idea that Buxton should get a long leash, I’m just amused by the way he framed it) Let’s grab a few choice lines!
The above chronology describes not struggling Twins rookie Byron Buxton, but Torii Hunter, who is proof that any judgments made about a raw prospect early in his career can wind up looking foolish.
Haha! That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to tell you literally for YEARS.
But like Hunter, Pierzynski, Santana and Morneau, Buxton has talent and is willing to work.
Like Hunter, Buxton is a wonderful fielder with a powerful arm who will have to learn how to hit major league pitching.
Like Hunter, Buxton is too talented to give up on, and that will be the case for a long time to come.
Ah yes, Byron Buxton, the second coming of Torii Hunter. Maybe he can dance, too.