So we've returned for the second part of the first half report card, with the first part available for your reading pleasure here. Remember how in school you would always ask your friends how they did whenever they got back a grade on anything? This is like that, only these players aren't your friends, you're seeing their grades without their permission, and the grades are meaningless. These grades are not going to be the determining factors when it comes to deciding whether or not any of these players will go to college. There is a much bigger determining factor. Pretty much only one determining factor.
(1) The grades are ostensibly objective, but truthfully subjective
(2) Players are compared against the league, and not against expectations
(3) Playing time doesn't really matter much
(4) None of this really matters much
(5) Nothing matters much
(6) Nothing matters
Let's just get this over with so we can all move on and do something with meaning. Nothing actually has meaning, of course, but truly exceptional people only realize that after they're finished.
Jason Vargas: B
You could argue that Vargas might deserve a B+ instead of a B, but you could argue lots of things. You could not argue with the fact that I paid money to attend the home opener. Hey thanks Jason, no worries, it's only a three-hour drive both ways, and my salary is competitive with a bunch of others in the lucrative field of baseball blogging.