I average about three e-mails a day that say, “Why don’t you write a story about this minor leaguer?”
I try to. I’ve written Phil Hughes as my main story twice this spring and our season preview will focus on young players. The plan is to write about Ross Ohlendorf and Jose Tabata before the spring ends along with some others.
But I cover the Yankees and for a large percentage of readers, that means Jeter, Posada, Mo, A-Rod and the rest of the regulars. I don’t cover the Guys Who Might Be Yankees. There are several Hall of Famers in the room and I can’t lose sight of that.
Space is not limitless in the paper. There is also only so much time you get around the team. Spending that space and time on a player who may not be in the majors for three years is a tough call.
Blog readers are much more sophisticated and informed fans than most. I understand why you want inside stuff on prospects and I try and provide that here. But I also have to keep you informed on the guys who will be facing the Devil Rays on April 2.
Hopefully this explains my side of the story a little.
Please, keep writing with suggestions. There are dozens of good stories out there and we’ll get to them. Just not all at once.