Ingrown players

If you have been following this blog and my website – –  you know that the sports world is a gold mine for malaphors.  This beauty was heard on a local sports radio talk show (Pittsburgh).  A guy was talking about the Pirates and criticized the organization for focusing exclusively on “ingrown players” rather than seeking free agents.  This is a congruent conflation of “home-grown” and “in-house”, both meaning something local or conducted within the organization.   Just wondering, but was Tom Herr, the second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, an in-grown ballplayer?  A big thanks to Justin Taylor for hearing this one and passing it along!