Re: Iggy, and batting championship requirements
posted at 7/2/2013 5:57 PM EDT
In response to natepioneer0350's comment:
In response to tomnev's comment:
Actually, he has over 145 Plate Appearances, right now. In the first 1/2 of this season, Pedroia had over360 plate appearances. By my math, 145 + 360 = 505. Impractical, yes, impossible, not at all! Mainl, because if he falls a few AB's short, the "adjustment" factor could arise. Who is willing to lay odds he will not wind up at .340? I started thinking about it when I saw 1) that bunt to third base last week, then 2) the drag bunt the other night. Only Pete Rose was that good at being that accomplished.
Definitely not happening out of the 9 spot.....but the fact tha o Jly 1st there is a post worrying about Iggy competing for the batting title is just plain hysterical to me.....even the Iggy supporters of which I was one would never have thought that was going to happen.....it goes to show how confidence and a players Mental State is just as important as their physical tools on how they perform at the Major league level.....people forget that even the .220 hitters we ridicule were all stars in School or in the lower minors and whethr they succeed in the majors has alot to do on if they believe they belong in the majors.
You are so on with this post. I always get a kick about how people this guy is bad or this guy is not a good ballplayer. The fact is if you are in the major leagues, you are not just good, you are one of the best.
These guys were stars in high school, probably amongst the best in their state. I do sportswriting for high school in Western Mass, not a hot bed of major league talent, but occasionally someone makes it. We get all excited out here wwhen someone gets drafted. Think about the fact that there are 50 rounds in the draft and even the studs out here will never be part of that group of 1500.
With 30 teams, there are 750 players in the majors. Even if you are the 24th or 25th man, you are theoretically amongst the best 750 players.
No if you make a major league roster, even for 5 minutes, you're good, very good.
On the Iglesias thing, besides the fact that it is premature to think he would have a high enough average to win it (he is not a 400 or even a 300 hitter). He will come back down to earth at some point. He needs 502 PA and there is no way he can get that in 78 games. He's at about 125 and would need to average more than 4 per game. Not gonna happen.
Now as far as BA, I did a little thing a week or so ago and put plugged in 0 to 50 hits in increments of ten. Obviously he won't go hitless the rest of the way, nor will he be stuck at 10 or 20 even 30 hits over the final 78 games. A more realsitic number is 40 or 50 hits. At 40, he would be batting .200 for the rest of the year and that would leave him in the .270-.280 range. Before the year started, who wouldn't have been happy with that. If he got 50, he'd finish over .300 (by batting about .250 over half a season). Weren't we saying, gee if he could just hit .230-.250 with his defense. Bottom line is he would basically have to stop hitting altogether to even fall below .250 for the season.
Of course given what he has done, we would be very disappointed with those number now.