Braves defacto general manager John Hart had this to say about the Nick Markakis signing yesterday:
“We have added a winning player on the field, in the clubhouse, and in the community . . .Nick is a true professional, and our fans will enjoy the way he plays the game.”
Those are meaningless phrases, of course. Unless you can show me any player who, when signed, was considered “a losing player” or “a real amateur” who will cause fans “to really, really hate the way he plays the game.”
The truth, of course — “we signed a guy who won’t totally crap the bed but isn’t as good as you think he is and won’t alienate our suburban white fan base or cause us headaches or force us to mess with the roster a lot during the year” — would be far less inspiring press-conference fodder.