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07-28-2013, 04:44 PM
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When I was reading this article I could not help but think of this trade. I know it is a baseball story, but most important it talks about attitude.
I sure hope this last trade does not come back to haunt us like all the other trades with the NYR
Character is an issue. We've seen a lack of character offset tremendous talent in the Kostitsyns, Cole last season, Cammalleri the year before that.
More important, I think character is more important in a high-energy, collective game like hockey, than it is in the very individual one-play-at-a-time game of baseball. In baseball, it doesn't matter if you're playing for your team or your own stats when you're up at bat. When pitcher faces batter, talent may be all that matters.
The first thing I'd do is adjust those 'character-tests' given to Blue Jays prospects, to allow for maturity, evolution of confidence, etc. Obviously trying to quantify the psyche of a 19-year-old is tricky,
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