Re: Double Standard
posted at 5/6/2014 6:22 PM EDT
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
It's right here on our forum. Sox fans have begun to accept the twin notions that Bradley is inadequate because he can't hit and Bogaerts because he can't field. Both notions are untrue if you believe in the only current stat, Wins Above Replacement (WAR) that attempts to measure the whole player.
Right now, for example, Bogaerts has a WAR of .7, which ranks him the 5th best SS in the American League. That's right, 5th best. But that is not good enough for the carping critics. FWIW, his defensive WAR is 0.0, which puts him at 7th best among AL SS's.
And we all know that the Yankees stole away the best CF in the history of MLB and left the poor Sox with a totally inadequate CF named Bradley. But wait a minute. Ellsbury's WAR is .8, which does rank him as the 4th best CF in the AL. But Bradley's WAR is .5, good enough for 9th place. Moreover, if you think "wins above replacement" means exactly that, so far Ellsbury's vast superiority has netted the Yankees .3 of a win net over the Sox stuck with Bradley. How is this possible, you say? Well it turns out that Bradley's defensive WAR is .4, which ranks him the 3d best defensive CF in the AL. And Ellsbury? His defensive WAR is -.3, which makes him the 10th best fielding CF in the AL.
Is it worth mentioning that Bogaerts is a 21 year old rookie and likely to improve? Of course not. Andrewmitch, among many others, has assured us he is playing the wrong position and needs to be moved. What about Bradley being a 24 year old rookie? Also irrelevant. He is what he is and will never hit.
Methinks you rely too much on WAR. I prefer a CF who can hit the baseball. Ellsbury ranks third in the AL in OPS for CFs; Bradley ranks 12th, .220 below Ellsbury. Bradley's OPS of .657 is simply not good enough, no matter what kind of defense he plays. He might improve his offensive production, but if he cannot, I would not want him as my regular CF. Love his defense, but overall, he is not good enough right now.
WE ARE ALL JUST POPPYSEEDS IN THE BAKERY OF LIFE
You know what you can do with your WAR???? If Ells was last in defense ...Would you want him roaming center and leading off for Sox ???