6/02/2005 07:58:00 PM|||Andrew|||
The myth of Derek Jeter gains even more momentum in Tim Kurkjian's article today, calling Jeter the face of baseball. Why? Because he is a good leader, hustles, and is just plain handsome. There's something in there about a career .315 average and being on pace for 3,000 hits, but that's not nearly as important as calling your manager "Mr. Torre".|||111777676618594375|||People All Over The World, Join Hands6/03/2005 10:20 PM|||6/03/2005 11:27 PM|||Andrew|||I was just trying to be constructive. My general M.O. is just saying someone is a moron, I actually put some ideas out there.
Derek Jeter is a good baseball player, I don't doubt this. However, he is also the most overpaid, overrated player of baseball. We hear time and time again about how A-Rod represents everything that's wrong with baseball, due to his massive contract. However, with the exception of possible Albert Pujols, there has been no better all around baseball than Alex Rodriguez since he signed his contract.
Derek Jeter, on the other hand, is currently the fourth highest paid player in baseball. (This is off the top of my head, putting A-Rod, Bonds, and Manny Ramirez ahead of him, I could be wrong.) Despite this, he has never been better than the third best player at his position. You can only argue that he is the second best shortstop in baseball this year because Nomar is hurt. Currently, Jeter is getting paid 18 million for an .846 OPS, below average defense, and some intangibles, yet A-Rod represents what's wrong with baseball?
In terms of his intangibles, I take the standard sabermetric stand that they are useless. Honestly, what's he going to say on that team, "Hey Gary, show a little more hustle out there"? As another case against his leadership ability, the Yankees have won zero championships since he became captain. He also disappeared in the ALCS last year, putting up a mere .566 OPS. I know that is bad statistical analysis, but it's more than most writers give when pointing out his intangibles.
As a bonus, I'll also be constructive here. If Derek Jeter isn't the face of baseball, who is? I'm going to say Curt Schilling. Unlike Jeter, he's not afraid to speak his mind and look like a charismatic figure to the fans. He's a throwback to the old days, works hard, and has actually been a dominant player in recent memory. Even casual baseball fans will always remember Schilling's bloody sock. Jim Rome called that outing one of the greatest achievements in sports history. With this in mind, Schilling is a far better face for baseball than good ol' Derek Jeter.
Does baseball really need a face? No. But, if we had to choose, I'd much rather see media whore Schilling than good guy Jeter.6/09/2005 12:28 AM|||alan|||Um...Schilling is garbage. He calls out everyone and their mother fow whatever he feels like. He called out Scott Williamson last season, he called out A-Rod this offseason, he even called out Lou Piniella for god's sake. The guy needs to stop chirp-chirp-chirping from the DL. Yes, when he went out there with his bloody sock and balled, that was great, but look what that bloody sock has gotten him this season. Now, I understand that having the Red Sox win the world series is far more important than what he could be doing this season, but I'm just trying to put things into perspective a little. Even if Derek Jeter isn't a sabermetrically inclined player (and I do agree that he is over-paid, but really, who on the yankees isn't?), he can still be the face of baseball. First of all, the face of baseball should be a good role model, and I don't think Jeter does anything to counter this. While Barry is the most productive player in the game, no one would suggest him as the face of baseball (maybe the face of the IRS's most wanted). Also, playing in a franchise like New York, which is by far, the most well-known makes him a good candidate, and having played in so many post-seasons (which doesn't say a whole lot about him as a player, but does say something about world wide visibility) makes him a good candidate as well. Stats, however valuable, really having nothing to do with whether or not someone should be the face of baseball (even though I'm pretty certain a scrub will never be the face if baseball), so I'm going to have to agree with whoever that writer is on this one, Drew.6/01/2005 04:21:00 PM|||Andrew|||Contributing to the time honored tradition of voting for the All Star game a month and a half before its played, I turned in my All Star ballot today.
Though it's doubtful anyone cares, here's my votes for this year:
1B: Mark Teixiera
2B: Brian Roberts
SS: Miguel Tejada
3B: Alex Rodriguez
C: Jason Varitek
OF: Manny Ramirez
OF: Johnny Damon
DH: David Ortiz (Yeah, I know Delluci deserves it, but, really, who wants to see David Delluci?)
Outfield was a massive stretch since I refuse to vote for Sheffield. I also voted for four Red Sox.
1B: Derrek Lee
2B: Jeff Kent
SS: Cesar Izturis
3B: Chipper Jones
C: Ramon Hernandez
OF: Bobby Abreu
OF: Brian Giles
OF: Miguel Cabrera
And, just for fun, my predicted starting All Star lineups
1B: Mark Teixiera (there is a surprising lack of name players here)
2B: Alfonso Soriano
SS: Derek Jeter
3B: Alex Rodriguez
C: Ivan Rodriguez
OF: Vladimir Guerro
OF: Sammy Sosa
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Jeff Kent
SS: Nomar Garciaparra
3B: Chipper Jones
C: Mike Piazza
OF: Ken Griffey Jr.
OF: Carlos Beltran
OF: Barry Bonds
I really want to believe that the average fan knows there is no way Barry is playing in the All-Star game, but, I really doubt that they do.|||111766874987501103|||All Star Fun6/02/2005 12:35 AM|||
Mark Teixeira. Vladimir Guerrero.6/02/2005 9:32 AM|||Andrew|||Thanks, I knew something was wrong with those names, and I stared at them for a good bit and couldn't figure it out.
Don't know why I didn't actually look them up.6/02/2005 4:31 PM|||6/01/2005 02:07:00 PM|||Andrew|||As bad as things are right now, think of how bad it would be if we still had Dan Evans as GM, or Plaschke had his way.
Beltre is being booed in Seattle.
There are articles debating whether or not Shawn Green is worse than Russ Ortiz. (Thanks, Dodger Thoughts)
Mota has been hurt most of the season
Cora has an OPS of .601 off of Cleveland's bench
Finley has an OPS of .710 for 15 million dollars
Paul Lo Duca has begun his inexorable plunge towards mediocrity ahead of schedule.
As the graph below shows (click it to get to get a better view), every year, Lo Duca's plunge happens earlier and earlier. All Dodger fans should be familiar with it. One day, Lo Duca's hitting .330, and people are getting pissed that he's not starting in the All Star Game. The next day, you look at the box score, and he's suddenly hitting .275. Dodger fans some how manage to forget this every year, and he became the most beloved man in LA. I on the other hand, hate the guy, because he would disappear when we needed him most, made disparaging remarks about his own teammates, and said that the fans had no right to boo.
Personal vendettas aside, this is graph is a good argument as to why Lo Duca's fairly substantial contract was one of the most bone headed moves of the off season. 2001: he actually manages to break out of the swoon, and is solid the whole way. 2002: swoon begins on July 10th. 2003: we start to see a drop off around June 20th. 2004: a massive drop off that begins May 30th. 2005: Average plummets 50 points between May 20th and May 30th. If I wanted to use bad statistics, I could say that Lo Duca will start plummeting on April 30th by the time his contract is up, but I won't do that.
Is this post largely inspired by schadenfreude? Yes, it is. The Dodgers are losing, I'm unhappy, I need something to cheer me up. When Dodger Fan inevitable decides its time to lynch Paul DePodesta, instead of actually noticing the myriad of other reasons we are losing, I can feel free to point to this.
At least we're .500, instead of in last place, as this hypothetical team would be.|||111766003534633543|||Things Could Be Worse6/01/2005 12:34:00 AM|||Andrew|||So sayeth the Daily News.
"You have to get to Olmedo Saenz," Tracy said. "I'm not going home without the opportunity to get him to the plate. If you let Choi swing the bat, and he hits a (double play) groundball, it wipes out the inning, and instead of having Olmedo Saenz up there with a runner in scoring position, he has to hit for Mike Rose with two outs and nobody on."
In other words "Hee Seop Choi would have hit into a double play. Thankfully, I was there to save him. Why do I rock so hard?" Never mind the logic that at 2-0 Choi is more likely to get on base than get out, let alone hit in to a double play. (For all of his fear of the double play, Tracy sure doesn't seem to mind running himself in to them all the freaking time.)
If this is honestly your opinion, then just pinch hit for Choi. Yeah, I'd be pissed about it, but at least you wouldn't be bunting against Ryan Dempster.|||111761153261933589|||Jim Tracy Is An Ass
|||Guerrero. |||As much as I love reading this blog, you really gotta spell players' names right or it tarnishes your credibility. |||Except for that fact that Schilling is the biggest mediawhore in professional sports in recent memory. He is not the face of baseball. Nobody is. Nobody completely represents baseball. And who cares? Why does baseball need a face? What difference does it make?