Ask Gary: Was Archer wrong in leadership try?

by Gary Shelton on February 27, 2016 · 0 comments

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Chris Archer has just 32 MLB career wins at age 27.  That is not a number that puts him in the top pitchers of his age.  Clayton Kershaw has 114 wins.  David Price had 61 wins at that age.  Madison Baumgarner already has 85 as does Rick Porcello.  Chris Sale has 57 and Stephen Strasburg has 54.

So is Chris maybe a little "bit full of himself" calling out rookie pitchers in public?  The professional way to handle that, no matter how great or mediocre you are, is to do deliver the message privately.

What are your thoughts on Chris' behavior in this instance?

 Scott Myers

My thoughts were "way to go." Who else is going to be the leader on this pitching staff? Who else is going to show the way? Granted, Archer should have won more games with his stuff. Granted, he has things to learn himself.

But when a pitcher talks to rookies who have never started in a big league game, you aren't doing it it just on your own resume. Archer learned how to lead from David Price, who learned it from James Shields, who learned it from Troy Percival and others. So you can add all those wins, too.

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