Re: Softlaw's Daily Red Sox Musing & Levity 2013 Part I (Spring Training)
posted at 3/5/2013 4:48 AM EST
In response to softlaw2's comment:
Interesting, on the booze survey.
Iggy was .333 in 2011. Neither sample is large enough. But SS isn't about hitting, it's about fielding. Iglesias has been ready long before now. An OPB of .190 vs. one that is around .300 would have no substantial negative impact on the offense as a bottom of the lineup SS. He's already far superior to S. Drew, if you understand what SS is all about in team baseball. Red Sox management doesn't have a clue, which is manifest in spending 10 million on Drew. Drew will benefit statwise from Fenway, but he's already in a stage of his career where he's a lousy hitter and a lousy excuse for an everday SS.
i'm not even sure how to respond to this........... you sir have me flabbergasted.
i don't even know where to start.. all i can say is that you are wrong on so many levels. a player with an OPB of .190 has no business being on a baseball field period. doesn't matter if he is batting ninth, has the best defense in the history of baseball and every point of that OBP was due to hitting HRs.
many teams employ a slugging SS. In fact, top slugging SSs generally net you more wins than top fielding SSs.. Drew has a higher WAR being a "lousy everyday SS" than all but 1 top fielding SS (JJ Hardy) over the past 5 years. and Drew even missed a ton of time with his ankle injury.. so that should be proof enough.
over the past 5 years the top slugging SS (HanRam) has a WAR of 23.7 as a below average fielder whereas the top fielding SS (Hardy and Ryan) have a WAR of 16.2 & 9.4 respectively over the same time period.
the numbers show you can really go either way with it but generally, an above average sligging SS with average D with net you more wins than an average slugging SS with above average D. It's not about having the best hitting SS or the best fielding SS. It's about having the best overall SS on the field. Drew is a much more complete player than Iggy at this point. Although if Iggy can display some offensive capability he can tip the scales in his favor..
let's see if you can rebutt any of those points without trying to discredit WAR.....