Re: The Ocab factor
posted at 5/19/2011 11:25 PM EDT
In Response to The Ocab factor
I know it is only mid May but wouldn't you know it, Orlando Cabrera is once again on a winner. Move him to 2B, it doesn't matter! The guy has been a guaranteed postseason ticket for about 8 years now. BOS, LAA(only 2/3 years), CHIsox, Twins, Reds, Indians?..... All Cris Carter did was catch touchdowns and all Ocab does is help get teams to October. Edgar, Alex, Julio, Alex, Marco. That's about 75 milllion right there, Ocab cost less than 40 over the same stretch, with unquestionable better performance. I know the rumors about off the field stuff (Players wives, teenage girls, etc..), which is why the sox didn't bring him back. But really, I wonder how many guys in baseball history have been a starter for 5 different play-off teams in a 7 year stretch. (6/8 in Cleveland goes this year) Pretty incredible really.
Posted by Calmy
Cabrera’s streak could be considered a little tainted in that the Oakland team in 2009 was clearly going nowhere and he was traded to a team that was already in contention without him and had a clear need at SS.
A more impressive streak by a less impressive player would be Jason Marquis. He played on the Braves from 2000-2003 (4 post-season teams), the Cardinals from 2004 through 2006 (3 post-seasons), the Cubs in 2007 and 2008 (2 post-seasons), and the Rockies in 2009. 10 straight post-seasons with 4 different teams. While he did not play on 5 different teams during a 7 year stretch, he did play on 4 different playoff teams from 2003 through 2009. His streak was also 3 years longer than Cabrera’s stands today, and he did not need to be traded one time in July – let alone twice – to contending teams in order to extend it.
None of this makes Marquis a good pitcher, or even a factor on any of those teams…