Re: Memo to JD Drew
posted at 4/30/2011 3:48 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Memo to JD Drew
[QUOTE]hey roy I have written before about problems I have with Drew and his game. Firstly, I think he is a pure mercenary who chases the dollar and will retire early because he does not love the game.
Secondly, he was the first college player ever to go 30/30. He had elite speed (base to base stats back this up) until about 30, so I guess you can't blame him for losing that. He has underachieved for a career no doubt. Thirdly, he doesn't protect the plate because he waits on his pitch. Fourthly, the other players ranked him consistently as one who got the least out of his talent. They see batting practice and many other things we don't. It is not a great thing to have said about you. Fifthly, his willingness to sit is overdone
. Yes I know the team does not want players to do what Pedroia and Lowrie have done hiding injuries, but come on. BUT. The resident bashers rely on some widely debunked nonsense to bash him and Theo for signing him. Considering that FA require a 10 to 20 percent overspend he has been a bargain. Both of the two main player value systems have him nearing $60m as a Sox. The RBI thing is beyond stupid, just like RISP, OBP, and most of all these fans fail to grasp how valuable an above average fielder in RF is. Lastly, the list of FA bombs is really long, he is not even in that league. The other options that year have been awful to poor. Few have produced and/or were good enough to play RF very long or at all. Soriano, Matthews Jr., ........ I watched TWIB in 1979, and I was told how important saves and rbi were, but I wasn't so close minded that I couldn't embrace a new paradigm. Plus I lived in Philly for half of my life. As of late 2010: So let’s see how Drew compares to his 2006-2007 free agent class. Yrs $M WAR since RBI BB R Soriano, A 8 136 14.3: 6.2 275 154 301 Drew 5 70 13.6: 13.8 261 299 314 Lee, C. 6 100 9: 2.8 407 166 284 Matthews, Jr. 5 50 -1.1 Pierre, J. 5 44 5.4 (Fangraphs WAR:B-reference WAR) Drew SLG% with runners on avg. 453 (.438 .436 .503 .436: 07-10) SLG% risp avg. 466 (.396 .522 .463 .485) Does anyone want Lee or Soriano playing right at Fenway?
Posted by tom-uk[/QUOTE]
I agree with most of this -- not sure about the things in bold.
Mercenary? Definitely. Does he love the game? Eh ... who knows. He has a blah personality but I'm not going to pretend to know what's inside him. He very well may have a great passion for the game but just doesn't show it outwardly. I don't like to try to guess what's in a guy's heart.
His willingness to sit overdone? Again ... who knows. I'm inclined to agree with you, but t the same time, his problems have been his back and I know how debilitating that can be. Who really knows how many times he might have played when he wasn't right. Like I said, I'm inclined to agree with you on this but I don't like guessing on how injured a guy may or may not be.
I'm in between on the RBI thing. I think some overstate RBI numbers, while others undervalue them. Hitting with RISP can fluctuate so I'm not going to rip a guy for one year where it's bad. I'll look to see if there's a pattern where a guy regularly hits better w/RISP or worse. For his career, as I recall, Drew's been decent.
Looking at Drew in Boston, the only year I felt it was a problem relative to his other stats was 2009.
In 2007, he just didn't have a good regular season. In 2008, there was nothing wrong with his RBI total, considering the number of games and at-bats he had. If he played as many games he did in his other years, he would have been in the 80s and that would have been fine. 2009 was the problem in that while his other numbers were OK, he was career-worst w/RISP. Had he been career-average, he would have been in the 80s. Last year, again, just wasn't a good year overall.
Whether you're talking about RBIs, it's like other stats. You can't judge a player on just one stat.