Sunday, January 15, 2017


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Really, Dellin Betances? Really?  I am floored by the fact that Dellin Betances, still a rookie, a nobody, is holding out for more money because he thinks he earned it?  Is this real life?

"Now eligible for arbitration for the first time, Betances wants nearly 10 times what he made last season when he was great again in a setup role but flopped in the final two months as a closer," reports

After reading our post yesterday, BETANCES & THE YANKS CANNOT AGREE! I got to thinking about about Betances, millennials and this sense of entitlement they have.  Just because you think you are owed something doesn't mean you are.  Just because you think you did your best, doesn't mean you did.  And Betances was not at his best last season.  He simply wasn't.

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 "The 2016 season didn’t end well for the right-hander, though, as he struggled as the closer in the final weeks of the season following the trades of Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. Over his last nine appearances, he gave up 20 baserunners in seven innings, pitching to a 12.86 ERA," writes The New York Post.  If that's his best, then we are truly in trouble.

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I don't want to make trouble for the bullpen, which is touted as one of the best in baseball.  But honestly, sometimes I just get disgusted over people who appear greedy and self-centered.  I think Dellin Betances has potential that just has not been fully realized and he is not there yet.

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 In her TED Talk presentation, "The power of believing you can improve" Stanford University researcher and psychologist Carol Dweck says it very plainly:

"If you get a failing grade, you think, I’m nothing, I’m nowhere. But if you get the grade “Not Yet” you understand that you’re on a learning curve. It gives you a path into the future." 

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Dellin Betances is not there yet and until he is, he needs to just settle for the money he is entitled to (a work in progress set of cash) and settle down into his set up role.  He needs mentoring.  He needs focus.  He needs time to realize his potential.  That's my Sunday morning rant.  What are your thoughts?

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

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