posted at 4/25/2013 2:43 AM EDT
In response to Schumpeters-Ghost's comment:
For the record -
- I never said it was the dumbest trade by the dumbest GM. If someone can find me saying anything close to that - produce the evidence.
- the sox did need a closer but that was self inflicted because they let their closer walk
- Kalish was NOT a better option than riddick because Kalish was hurt as was Crawford and both needed surgery before the trade - this is an urban legend that Kalish was healthy when the trade was made.
- Reddick didn't have an okay year last year - he had an OUTSTANDING year.
- Bailey did nothing last year.
- Bailey has been electric for the last two weeks - happy for him, the Red Sox and my fantasy team. But he pitched terribly all spring. Let's see how the year plays out.
I am glad to take heat as Bailey has pitched well for two weeks - no doubt about it. Fire away.
Just don't make stuff up.
Reddick had an OK season, not an outstanding season. Yes, 32 home runs was very good and 34 2B-3B combined was decent. But he still batted just .242, his OBP ws .305, he struck out 151 times, and he batted just .164 in Sept.
Also, he had just 85 RBIs -- a decent total but not when you consider home runs and he should have had more. He was horrible in clutch sitiuations. He batted .206 W/RISP and .191 with men on, .000 (0-for-8) with runners on 2nd and 3rd; .071 (1-for-14) with bases loaded; .170 with a man on first; .222 with man on secnd and .222 with men on 1st and 2nd. The only decent stat with runners on base was .286 with runners on 1-3.
He should have driven in more than 100 runs because he had more than enough chances. Assuming the Gold Glove was legit, he was better in the field than I remember him being in Boston, but overall -- he was just OK but not outstanding.
Too many get caught up with the 32 home runs and ignore all the other mediocre or numbers.