Originally Posted by captain54
Yours might be, but my idea of entertainment is not to spend $$$ at a ball game to watch some guy learn his craft. Thank God your philosophy does not apply to the real world. We'd have rookie pilots flying 747's, drivers in training behind the wheel of semi's and 4th medical students performing heart surgery.
Professional sports are not analogous to the real world, you'd think anyone whose paid attention for a while would know that. Pretty much any real world job can be taught; you can teach a guy to perform open heart surgery, you can teach a guy how to drive a semi, you can teach a guy how to fly a plane, you cannot teach a guy to throw a baseball 95 MPH, guys are either born with it or they're not. Except for the very rarest of phenoms, you need to hone your craft in the Majors; you can't learn how to hit MLB pitching until you do it and you can't learn how to pitch to MLB hitters until you do it.
The point remains that Reed is still years away from his physical prime, has shown good growth from 2012 to 2013, and has been fine in the closer's role this season. There's certainly room for improvement, whether that's in the form of growth from Reed or someone else taking over his job is yet to be seen, but it's not a pressing issue. There's at least 30 players on the 40-man roster that warrant more concern than Reed does.