Monday, November 13, 2006


From's Phil Rogers:

"There's only one problem with the gaudy numbers that Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Lee traditionally put up: They are guaranteed to lead to big contracts but do not necessarily translate into victories.

Along with Alfonso Soriano, these are the biggest bats on the market, and it figures someone will pay them accordingly (Lee appears headed to the Houston Astros; Ramirez possibly to the Los Angeles Angels). But for all their thunder, Lee and Ramirez have combined for only 55 at-bats in the playoffs (and a .218 average), generally playing on also-ran teams.

Their teams were a combined 147-176 last year. Lee did not deliver when he was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Texas Rangers at the July deadline, and Ramirez disappeared when the Chicago Cubs needed him to step up while Derrek Lee was sidelined.

One scout says the saying about lies, damn lies and statistics applies to free agency. 'You can take any stat, I believe, and damn near make any point you choose with it,' he said."

Like, say, the winning percentage of a player's team?

I mean, seriously, what kind of logic is this? Because you play for a bad team it means your stats are fake? This isn't the NBA. If you put up good stats year in and year out in baseball you're a good player, even if you play for a bad team.


Anonymous Phil (not Rogers) said...

I actually sent ESPN's ombudsman two letters about Rogers earlier this season pertaining to a likewise ridiculous and counterfactual article he wrote about the White Sox farm system. Even recognizing that this is about the most insulting thing one person can judge another to be, I'm comfortable calling Phil Rogers an idiot.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous mean dean said...

Losing records, winning records, playoff experience, I don't care. I'd gladly take Ramirez, Lee or Soriano on the Tribe right now (even if Ramirez is off the market).

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Steve Khan said...

Somebody should remind this guy that Carlos Delgado never had a playoff AB before this season, spending 12 years on an average team that never made the post-season (during his time). Yet, Delgado might've been the playoffs MVP before the Mets got eliminated.

3:43 PM  

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