Sunday, January 4, 2009

Things that Make You Go, "Huh?"

It's that time of year again when baseball writers discuss their Hall of Fame ballots much to the hilarity of many. Some show willingness to use all available tools to do their evaluation while others continue to think that reciting rehashed non-analysis is good enough. To be fair, I understand how hard it could be trying to come up with these ballots. That said, it should not be that hard to not say things like this (from Chicago Tribune writer Dave van Dyck):
Andre Dawson: The consummate pro, a rare six-tool player (counting clubhouse charisma) who could run and throw and hit for power, his 1987 MVP season with the Cubs was the decade's best.

Too bad for van Dyck that Dawson's '87 season wasn't even the season's best. Of those with over 500 PA in 1987, Dawson was 27th in wOBA behind such luminaries as Brook Jacoby and Phil Bradley. Even if one were to include defense, park factors, baserunning, and positional adjustments, his season would still fall short for that season.

But oh those pretty RBI!


Oops, nearly fell into that trap. This is not to mention that this was likely not even Dawson's own best that decade.

Come on! 49 dingers!


You fool! Boggs hit 24 that year. '87 saw an offensive jump. Then there's that mediocre OBP from the Hawk.

By the way, Happy New Year everyone! :)


The SpeedGeek said...

Mr. Goose,
Sorry to bother you here, but I wasn't quite sure how else to get a hold of you. You left a comment on my blog yesterday ( saying that you were interested in playing in my fantasy racing league. How might I be able to send you some information about the league? Have you got a preferred e-mail address that I could send you stuff to? Also, might any of your site co-authors here be interested in playing as well? Please drop me a line when you get a chance at andymiller23 at gmail dot com.

Andy (The Speedgeek)

Goose said...

Hey there. I sent you an e-mail (addr: manob32 at a short time after I left you a comment just in case you didn't go by your blog between now and the draft.

As far as my co-authors, I'll ask them.