You may have missed it what with Game 1 of the NBA Finals and Game 4 of the NHL's Western Conference Finals, but Major League Baseball held their draft Thursday night with coverage on MLB Network. Of course, you may have also missed it because the immediate relevance of the MLB Draft compared to its NFL, NBA, and even NHL brethren is nil. It takes a hugely dedicated baseball fan to truly grasp the context of each pick and how they may potentially fit into the structure of a franchise.
The MLB Draft is a night for the hardcore baseball fan.
The hardcore baseball fan does not like Harold Reynolds.
Fans are smart enough to figure out when an analyst is in over his head or out of his depth. Reynolds' relationship with the online baseball community is already icy at best. The whole reason Reynolds is on MLB Network's debate show MLB Now is to argue against Brian Kenny's more sabermetric, information-oriented viewpoint. To throw him onto MLB Draft coverage when it demands an insanely wide depth of knowledge and information and speaks moreso to an already adversarial audience is just asking for a trainwreck. And a trainwreck is what those baseball fans got.
As always, these are Real Tweets from Real People...
Harold Reynolds is on draft coverage. I should just turn this off now.— Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) June 6, 2013
Breaking: Harold Reynolds is an idiot. RT @jerkwheatery: Damn, Harold says Appel pitching in Houston within 8 weeks, eh?— Andrew Bucholtz (@AndrewBucholtz) June 6, 2013
Harold Reynolds is pretty sure that every guy drafted so far is going to the Hall of Fame.— Robbie Lewis (@LewisRobbie12) June 7, 2013
Harold Reynolds has no idea when July is— Zoo With Roy (@zoowithroy) June 6, 2013
Harold Reynolds just said Houston is a "storied franchise" in MLB. If Houston is storied, who is NOT storied?— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) June 6, 2013
The bald fellow seems to know that Harold Reynolds does not know what he's talking about.— Steve Lepore (@stevelepore) June 6, 2013
Maybe Harold Reynolds is truely brillant and he's just really amazing at trolling us.— Adam Bowen (@AdamBowen13) June 7, 2013
Harold Reynolds, it's okay to say "I don't know" when it is clearly obvious you have never seen the player play.#mlbdraft— NatsGM (@NatsGMdotcom) June 7, 2013
Get Harold Reynolds off the draft. This is a night for baseball nerds and we all hate him.— Brian Patrik Roberts (@BePeeArr) June 7, 2013
Harold Reynolds makes it clear he read the first chapter of Moneyball— Jose Torres (@josetorres) June 7, 2013
Harold Reynolds saying he went to a Justin Bieber concert does not help my opinion of his analysis.— Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib) June 7, 2013
"He looks like a Dodger to me." - Harold Reynolds. Wtf does that mean?— Mark Ethe (@TooGooden16) June 7, 2013
maybe Harold Reynolds will read Moneyball someday. you know, after he learns how to read.— Lana Berry (@Lana) June 7, 2013
Reading what Harold Reynolds is saying about the MLB draft is the greatest thing on the internet right now— Him Tiggins (@realhimtiggins) June 7, 2013
Could it be possible that MLB told them to pretend like first round draft picks make an impact the year they are drafted, trying to fool people into thinking this is the NFL/NBA draft? I mean, he was talking about Asdrubal Cabrera playing with Clint Fraser (Indians first pick). Asdrubal will be gone by 2015 and everyone knows it. Francisco Lindor is two years ahead of Fraser and still years away.
Please do one of these on soccer fans and Gus Johnson. If you think those tweets about Reynolds are good, the tweets about Gus are epic.