The San Diego Padres could have had coach Sandy Alomar, Sr., Sandy Alomar, Jr. (eight games total in 1988 and 1989) and Roberto Alomar (Padres regular 1988-1990) all on the team together for years. Instead Sandy. Jr. was traded:
- December 6, 1989: Traded by the San Diego Padres with Carlos Baerga and Chris James to the Cleveland Indians for Joe Carter.
- December 5, 1990: Traded by the San Diego Padres with Roberto Alomar to the Toronto Blue Jays for Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff.
Today I heard a discussion of whether the Toronto Blue Jays should re-sign popular Jose Bautista, known as Joey Bats (with Toronto 2008-2015 ages 27-34: OPS+ 149), after the 2016 season when he becomes a free agent. The current conventional wisdom is that team decision makers should not be influenced by fans. Bautista led the AL in home runs in 2010 and 2011 with 54 and 43. Bautista will be 36 in 2017.
Should fan preference be considered? If so, how much?
Crowdsourcing is "the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers."
If there's a tough call, especially involving a fan favorite, is crowdsourcing a legitimate technique for decision makers to use? If it's a close call, why shouldn't the incumbent get the benefit of the doubt? It's supposed to be entertaining, right?
Finally, the benefit of crowdsourcing is supposed to be getting lots of people expressing themselves.