Re: Lackey and Crawford on the rise!
posted at 8/31/2011 3:44 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Lackey and Crawford on the rise!
[QUOTE]he also played with broken ribs, he played in pain for about every one of his last 10 years in the game. He also won batting titles in a deadball era, he also won batting title and Triple Crown and carried a team to a pennant on his back, practically on his own. He also saved the team in 75 with his defense in LF after Rice got hurt. And he also gave his team a lead in the biggest game of the last 30 years for one game deciding a playoff spot..homering off the best pitcher on the planet that year--a lefty named Guidry. And he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and he got 3,000 hits, and he got 400 homers, and no one has won a Triple Crown ever since his feat. You are really pi-zz-ing me off on Mr. Yastrzemski. I think you need a tar and feathering from Mike Easy Man Easler for your misconduct.
Posted by dannycater[/QUOTE]
And I think you need to open the windows more often, homer.
Growing up around Boston, I wouldn't even attend
a game unless Yaz was in the line-up. I'm simply stating the truth. Even Yaz himself admitted if he had to do it over again, he'd have been a switch-hitter. His career OPS vs. lefties was .692.
I'm aware of his playing hurt.
I'm aware of the pitching eras he played in.
I'm also aware of his level of concentration, which could negate a lefty-lefty match-up.
I feel as strongly toward calling Crawford, who has a career OPS just 10 points lower than Yaz, a "glorified platoon hitter", as both you and I do about Yaz.
I'm using this particular HOF'er to illustrate the fact that there are many good/great lefty hitters who had issues with southpaws....and weren't platoon players.
Furthermore, Crawford has
shown the ability to hit lefties in the past.
.776 OPS in '06.
.837 OPS in '07.
To put such a crude label on him (Moon's
label) after 5 months into a 7-year deal is what isn't fair.
Also, you alluded to him recently as (paraphrasing) a small lefty. We already have one in Ellsbury.
Physically, Jake, at 6'1 185 lbs. is around the height/weight Yaz played.
Crawford is listed at 6'2' 215. He may be the game's best athlete.