Frankly Frankel: February 28, 2015

28 Feb

Derrick Rose suffers another devastating knee injury, Josh Hamilton relapses, the Red Sox land Yoan Moncada, and people are talking about Jameis Winston like he’s the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. This is Frankly Frankel on this Saturday, February 28, 2015.

  • There are a lot of people in this world who have bad luck, but Derrick Rose seriously cannot catch a break if his life depended upon it.
  • He tore the ACL in his left knee, and the meniscus in his right knee not once, but twice. Every time we start to think Rose is starting to get back to his MVP form, he gets hurt again and now we’re going to have to go through another “comeback”.
  • He supposedly plans on coming back in four to six weeks, but Rose needs to be thinking long-term here. Rushing back should be the last thing on his mind because doing so would leave him significantly more vulnerable to re-injury.
  • I think this injury essentially puts an end to the hope of seeing MVP Rose ever again. The Bulls can’t pray that the player than won the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2008 ever comes back. It’s time to move in another direction and bring someone new in to run that offense.
  • I’m not saying that Rose can’t still be a productive player if and when he returns, but that the Bulls can’t have the mentality that once Rose returns, they will be able to contend for a title because that window has closed.
  • It is intriguing to think if Rose had been full healthy the past three to four years what the Chicago Bulls would have accomplished.
  • The one area the team struggled with was putting up points on a consistent basis and having a go-to scorer. Rose would have filled that void admirably. It’s not crazy to think the Bulls would won a title if Rose hadn’t gotten hurt. At this point, Rose is unfortunately a what could have been story.
  • If you don’t know Hamilton’s story, he was once upon a time the number one overall pick in the 1999 MLB Draft.
  • Following a few successful seasons in the minors, Hamilton succumbed to cocaine and alcohol and was out of baseball from 2004 through 2006 before finally breaking through with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007.
  • He was traded to the Texas Rangers where he turned into one of the best players in baseball. He won the 2010 AL MVP award when he hit an absurd .359 with 32 home runs and 100 RBIs. He went on to have another incredible season in 2012 when he hit a career high 43 home runs and drove in 128 runs. For a 1-2 year span, he was arguably the best player in baseball.
  • Things started going downhill after the 2012 season when Hamilton signed a 5-year $125 million deal with the Angles. His number dropped considerably in 2013, and 2014 was arguably the worst season of his career.
  • We now hear that Hamilton has relapsed, and his future in Major League Baseball is all of a sudden highly uncertain. He needs to get all the help he can get, and hopefully he can return to the player we saw with the Rangers.
  • Like Derrick Rose, it’s fascinating to wonder if Hamilton didn’t have a severe problem with drugs, what this guy could have been. I think he could have been one of the games all-time greats. He’s that talented.
  • After seeing how his first two years with the Angels went, I think it’s fair to come to the assumption that Hamilton messed up by leaving the support system he had with the Rangers.
  • He took the money and ran, and for a player as vulnerable as Hamilton, that was a mistake. I truly believe things would have turned out differently if he had just stayed in Texas.
  • I am absolutely dumbfounded about the praise I’ve been hearing about quarterback prospect Jameis Winston over the past week.
  • There was the he’s the smartest quarterback to come along since Peyton Manning, and maybe the smartest quarterback ever, and him being the best quarterback prospect to come along since Andrew Luck.
  • I mean come on!! Nothing Winston has done comes across as intelligent. He was accused of rape, seen stealing crab legs from a grocery store, yelling obscene phrases in the middle of Florida State’s campus that led to him being suspended for a game, and there are people who are going to sit there, look at me in the eye, and tell me this guy is the smartest quarterback since Peyton Manning?? Please.
  • For all we know, Winston may be a smart man, but from everything I’ve seen, it’s extremely hard for me to believe that.
  • And then there’s the whole greatest prospect since Luck thing. Winston was obviously phenomenal in 2013 when he led Florida State to the National Title and took home the Heisman. But he took a major step back in 2014 when he threw for 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He made way too many inexcusable mistakes for my liking, mistakes that Andrew Luck has never made in his career.
  • In my opinion, Winston is JaMarcus Russell 2.0. I would be stunned if he had success in the NFL. Going off that, I pray the Jets don’t draft Winston, not that they would even have a chance at this point.
  • Alex Rodriguez arrived to Spring Training a few days earlier than expected, and as usual, was heavily criticized for it.
  • There are two sides to A-Rod coming to Spring Training early. One is A-Rod is trying to make a good impression by showing up early in order to get back into the flow of things after being suspended for all of the 2014 season.
  • Then there’s the argument that A-Rod is just trying give the impression that he’s a good person, when deep down, he’s up to no good.
  • Any other player who shows up to Spring Training early automatically gets praised, but not A-Rod. He’s the only one who could find a way to get criticized for it, literally the only one, rightly or wrongly so.
  • The Boston Red Sox made headlines this week when they signed top Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada. Moncada immediately becomes Boston’s top prospect, and the 10th best prospect in all of baseball.
  • I just don’t see where he fits with the Red Sox. Boston has Pablo Sandoval locked in at 3rd base, Xander Bogaerts locked in a shortstop, and Dustin Pedroia solidified as the second baseman.
  • Let’s say the Red Sox convert him to an outfielder. If that were the case, Boston has Hanley Ramirez in left field, Rusney Castillo in center field, and Shane Victorino in right field with Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. waiting in the wings.
  • This seems like the perfect time to package Betts and another top prospect in a deal for Cole Hamels. The Red Sox have too many players for a limited number of spots, and the team is desperate for an ace. Trading for Hamels almost makes too much sense at this moment in time.
  • Be sure to tune back next Saturday for another edition of Frankly Frankel, and make sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.

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