I think I am more critical of players and management than are most posters. But I have no favorites or scapegoats. I try to remain objective. I have no biases , and certainly not towards Bradley. If it were up to me , he would be in the lineup every day. When I read your posts, I just get the impression that you are not always objective. You love your stats, except when some stats don't mesh with your opinions. When Ellsbury got off to a slow start this year, ( a " small sample size " ) compared to his career numbers, you called for him to be dropped to ninth against right handers and benched vs. lefties. This would seem to be more to embarrass one of your best players than to actually help the team. Ellsbury quickly rebounded from the slow start.
I admitted I was wrong, buts Ellsbury was struggling for a pretty long sample size against LHPs when I made that statement. It had nothing to do with my opinion of Ellsbury. I suggested moving Papi, one of my favorite players, down in the line-up vs LHPs several years ago, when he was struggling too. (He hit under .600 that year in the games I had him moived down.) I have been wrong many times in my calls. When you state thousands of suggestions and ideas over a season, you are bound to be wrong sometimes.
Recently , you wondered if he sat out a game with " Felixitis" .
I said that was a joke. I have never been critical of Jacoby's injuries like many here have, even though him missing so many games has hurt us. I have never called him "injury prone". I did blame him for not calling off Beltre while others blamed Beltre of Tito for jacoby's rib injury.
Implying that he was afraid to face Hernandez. This despite the fact that he has pretty good numbers vs. Felix, and as a left hand hitter, he is never platooned and faces all the toughest lefties in the league.
You also revived the injury prone and injury milking accusations.
I did not.
Unfairly, in my view. He has had two major injuries in seven years with the Sox. These have accounted for the vast majority of games missed. Look around baseball. There have been a ton of guys on the DL this year. It seems every time you turn around, someone is going down, sometimes for the year. But somehow, Ellsbury still has to have this stigma.
I project Ellsbury will not miss more than the normal amount of games over the next 4 years. Does that make you happy? Does that prove I do not think he is injury prone or milks injuries?
As for Doubront, you are down on him for coming to training camp overweight. I am not excusing this, but you did not seem to have much of a problem with guys like Beckett, Lackey, Lester, Wakefield and Albers being overweight and out of shape DURING the season. Something that possibly cost us the pennant.
How do you know I never had issues with them being overweight? Besides, most of them proved they could pitch with a bit of a belly, while Doubie had not. I mentioned that factor before. Doubront is now proving he can pitch with a belly, so I am adjusting my feelings towards that part of his game as the sample size becomes large enough to matter. His WHIP is falling, and that is the best sign I can see. I am very happy he is doing well.
You speak highly of Britton as a prospect despite his problems.
I've mentioned trading Britton as much as Doubront. I don't get this claim.
Now, I have nothing against Britton, but it is not likely that he will ever be as good as Doubront.
All I said was, he was a possible starter like Wright, Workman, Webster...
Yet , you continually call for Felix to be traded. This despite the fact that talented young left handers do not exactly grow on trees. Moonslav, maybe it is just me, but you do seem to have certain biases that get in the way of your objectivity.
It's not just you. Others are as mistaken as you.
I told you my gripe against Doubront: high WHIP and Motivational issues in the offseason. I have said countless times he has great talent, and have defended him against those who doubt he does.
On Ellsbury, I have defended him more than you and half the board mebers combined. Only boom has defended him more than I over the years.
I have been critical of his breaks on balls and arm on defense, but have said repeatedly that he has improved in thiose areas and is above average now on breaks (not arm). For that, I am labelled a Jacoby basher. It's absurd! Really, it is! You say I am biased? For being critical of just certain aspects of some of our player's skillset?
Fatc: Ellsbury has a terrible arm.
Fact: Doubront has walked too many batters.
Fact: Ellsbury has tremendous speed, but is not a top ranged CF'er. Why? There's only one possible reason, in my opinion. I did not usually look at stats to form my opinions. I watch every play of every game. I go to many home and road games by the Sox. When defending Ellsbury to the hilt back in 2007-2009, I began to watch his fielding closer, because many posters (led by softy) were questioning his breaks and angles. I found that I had been wrong. It could have been easy to keep my original opinion on Ellsbury's defense so as to not admit I was wrong, but my observations told me otherwise. Then I looked at the UZR/150 numbers, particularly the range factors, and I changed my opinion. Since then, he has improved, and I have changed my opinion again with that imporvement. I guess saying anything less than he is the best at everytahing he does, will bring charges of bashing by someone on this site.
I guess we have the best 25 players in MLB and all of them are the very best at every part of their game. That wouldn't be biased at all. Right?
I responded to your statement that Ellsbury was "heads and shoulders" better than JBJ in AA. I showed that at ages 22 and 23 combined, JBJ had better numbers in the minors, except for SBs. I asked how you thought Jacoby was much better on defense at those ages than JBJ. I'd like to know how this is biased, and what you said was not.
Maybe other posters don't see it that way. That is fine. No problem. Have a nice vacation. If I was in Maine, I would go to a Sea Dogs game and buy you a beer.
Thanks, but I don't drink.