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by Brian Joura - October 22, 2010
“Brian Joura: But every scouting report about Harper mentions attitude problems.”
Has he texted death threats to baby-mamas?
Has he gone up to the official scorer’s booth to confront someone for giving him an error?
Has he thrown firecrackers into crowds or tried to hit them with his vehicle?
Has he blindsided catchers with non-slides twice in one week?
I think there’s more than a few of us that would be cocky SOBs if we had the talent to basically drop out of highschool and then go lay some smack down on Juco pitching at his age.
Sure, I like to root for guys that seem to have a decent personality, including a bit of humility, but I’ll take the talented jerkwad on my fantasy squad over the rah-rah Ecksteins of the world.
My $ 0.02
And scouts aren’t bias? If you are a scout and you missed out on some kid, unless you think you have a chance of obtaining him in a trade or signing, do you give him a clean report? I know baseball scouts who would rather have a kid that knows he’s good than one with no self confidence. The only player in the history of the game who never thought he was not good enough was Pete Rose. Why do you think he tried so hard? He was convinced he didn’t belong and was going to do what ever he had to. Of course this was in the early years.
Not trying to personally attack you or anything, but what makes you think that you know the intimate personal details of every MLBers confidence ever?