Re: Ellsbury stinks . . . .
posted at 4/14/2013 11:37 PM EDT
In response to BosoxJoe5's comment:
In response to youkillus' comment:
When it comes to Ellsbury, he's a very good player, but not great. As an outfielder he has a poor arm, and was moved to LF because of his arm and fielding ability. His Red Sox career is likely at an end this year, and has been dotted with injuries, dubious performance, questioned heart and one excellent year. That great year with the 32 HR's and 80+ XBH's looks great on paper. But before we put his number on the RF facade, undertand he had over 700 plate appearances to accumulate those totals. Would you be surprised that in that same year, a fading Jason Varitek had a higher HR/AB ratio?
We all know he's Softy's whipping boy, but given his age, accomplishments, and ability, it's likely he's already reached his peak, and won't be getting any better.
HR/AB to ratio really? Wasn't Doug Maribelli second to Barry Bonds one year? This arguement is just so weak.
Home run to at bat ratio played a major part in a Sports Illustrated baseball game I played years ago. I played out a 162 game series with the 1978 Red Sox, and my friend played the 1978 Giants. Well, anyways, Sam Bowen had hit one home run in 1978 in 8 plate appearances and his playing card reflected this. The only caveat was that he was very susceptible to season ending injury, so I had to use him sparingly and judiciously.
One day, my Red Sox were blowing out his Giants. I had the bases loaded, and just for kicks, I pinch hit Sam Bowen, who had about a one in eight probability of hittting a grand slam. I was also trying to further run up the score so I could give an either larger cushion to use up some of my 73 allotted innings for bottom-of the-rotation pitcher, Allen Ripley. My friend, given his mood at the time, didn't appreciate this bush league move and walked him intentionally.
What does this have to do with Jacoby Ellsbury? Well, nothing really, but neither does most of the repetitive nonsense dance that many of us play out with Softy for the umpteenth time.