Trying to (hopefully) predict where our young ball players will be when they move out of the 20-21 age bracket, is interesting conversation. And digging into old stats can make the conversation even more interesting. Try these on for size, because if we’re going to compare, you need a crystal ball to compare Bradley to Ellsbury or Middlebrooks to Boegarts. I made some comparisons to the best:
1. In Ted Williams first two years in the biggies, he had 11 and 14 triples, respectively. Then in 1941 he hit 3 and then 5 in 1942. (?) He never got into double figures, in triples, after those first two years. I think I know the answer, but I’d like to hear some of your thoughts.
2. In 1939, he had his 21st birthday in August. That year (his first), he hit .327, had 31 home runs, and drove in 145! The 145 is most interesting, because he played in 149 games---so, almost one RBI/game!
3. In 1941, his 3rd year, he drew 147 walks AND STRUCK OUT 27 times!!! Today, Sports Center makes a big deal out of how so few players (incl. Pedroia) getting more BB than K’s. Whoa, Nellie. Why, that kind of disparity? The advent of the slider? Maybe Teddy ate more carrots. Think about it, Williams fanned about ONCE A WEEK
By the way, there was never a doubt about what we had, from the Kid’s first at bat. (actually, even befire that! The fans had been rooting for Collins and Cronin to bring him up for more than a year (sound familiar?)