Re: Ellsbury's Absence Hasn't been a Factor at all, are you Surprised?
posted at 9/21/2013 7:52 AM EDT
In response to RedSoxFireman's comment:
I think, with the broken foot and just a few weeks left, he's played his last game ever for the Red Sox. I'm one of the few Red Sox fans who hopes that is the case.
It's interesting to note that Crisp just hit his 21st homer of the 2013 season,
And when Coco was here, he was often injured and UNDERPERFORMED as well. Coco had his chance here. How many seasons has it taken for him to make a mark offensively? His defense was always good, but it is unfair to start saying he is the measure to look at for power - he never hit double digits in homers here and had a string of 6 or 7 seasons in a row without breaking double digits.
If you wish to pull one season of power out of a career - one could just as easily pick Ells year of over 30 HRs to throw out there.
Coco's career BA is almost 30 points lower than Ellsbury, his OPS is 50 points lower, his OBA is 30 points lower. He has never stolen over 50 bases in 12 seasons (he did steal 49), while Ells has three times in 7 seasons, including 70 one year.
If you wish to compare CFs ... try to be more balanced.
and has been a key veteran leader in the A's 2nd straight season in the playoffs. Projections are just that, often wrong for many, but no one would have predicted the A's are neck and neck with the Red Sox for best record and homefield.
If you think that the major league leader in stolen bases, over 30 doubles and 8 triples hasn't been missed, you are mistaken. Sure, the team has done well as a team, but to say he hasn't been missed is to discount the impact he has had throughout the whole season. YOU CANNOT HONESTLY surgically remove him at this point and say he hasn't mattered.
I think it's interesting to see what's happened to the last starting CF's for the last Red Sox championship season.
And it's interesting to see how time flies and Ellsbury has probably played his last game for the Red Sox. With Victorino and Bradley, it's going to be interesting to see whether they are embraced with the same doting fan support that was heaped on Ellsbury for the time he was with the Red Sox.
Ellsbury has made his case for keeping him difficult with his injury history. But you are unquestionably dishonest in your dismissal of him out of hand.
For those who feel differently, where do you see Ellsbury over the next few weeks and next years.
I don't see him in a Sox uni after this season. But I do see him coming back this season and making a difference in the team during this off season. I didn't see him staying with the Sox simply because his agent Scott Borass has him expecting way too much.
And if he never plays another game for the Red Sox, what will miss about this player and the expecations that he was going to be an all-time Red Sox great and MLB superstar?
Your personal feelings against Ellsbury are clear. He is a very fine player in several areas. Teams don't lose the calibre of player without some loss in production, offensively or defensively. That doesn't mean that Jackie Bradley Jr won't step in and be as good or better. I fully expect he will, but to dismiss Ellsbury out of hand as you are is ridiculous. It speaks of emotional impact on your thinking rather than rational impact ...
Feel free to disagree. Thanks.