No, I'm not talking about Bryce Harper signing an endorsement contract for L'Oreal's new "face smear" cosmetic product. I wanted to start a thread where people can cut and paste or link to something that indicates a certain players "intangibles" "work ethic" or "makeup".
I got this idea from hearing a few talent evaluators and scouts claim that a lot of their misses come down to makeup and work ethic concerns instead of misconceptions about their natural ability. Of course those scouts may be a little personally invested in defending their evaluations and placing the blame on something out of their control, but it still bears attention.
Anyway, I'd like to try to keep this thread alive and have people post something new about certain players whenever they come across some good information.
I'll start with one that I recently read about Billy Hamilton http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110119&content_id=16459324&c_id=mlb:
"He does all the things you want. He's got speed and can run. He has a good arm," Bavasi said. "He's got the aptitude to lead off. I really believe he can be a leader. No matter the situation -- on or off the field -- I hope he's someone who keeps developing, because he gets it. He's not afraid to discuss anything at any time."
Last fall during instructional league at the club's complex in Goodyear, Ariz., Bavasi recalled walking through the equipment room and finding Hamilton leading an entourage of three gentlemen who looked freshly scrubbed from business school. Hamilton was enthusiastically giving the group a tour around the well-appointed facility until finally turning them over to the equipment manager.
"It was the three umpires assigned to our place," Bavasi said. "He was the first kid they saw. They didn't know who he was, and he just said, 'Come with me.' This is stuff that won't make or break his Major League career, but he's that way. He's not afraid to take on responsibility. Those makeups don't come often. He's a really interesting guy and we're lucky to have him."
"We'll let this kid keep seeking his own level," Bavasi said. "He's got the makeup to struggle a little bit and get through it. We won't hold him back."