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  • Prospectus Says: Sosa Sucks, Dusty Sucks, Cards OK

    Sammy Sosa has been the definition of awful this year. Practically speaking, Sosa has been the worst Right Fielder in the game this year, worse than even replacement level. For all of the gain the O’s have experienced from Brian Roberts, they have balanced that by trotting out Sosa every day, who has had the single worst decline in VORP over a five-year period since 1972 (thanks to Keith Woolner for the research):

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    NAME                  YEAR  VORP1  VORP2  VORP3  VORP4  VORP5    DIFF
    
    Sammy Sosa            2001  122.0   70.5   44.5   27.9   -2.9   124.9
    Mike Greenwell        1988   76.7   40.5   36.1   34.2   -4.3    81.0
    Greg Vaughn           1998   70.3   42.0   31.9   16.6  -10.5    80.8
    Ken Griffey Jr.       1998   85.8   75.7   56.0   39.1    9.4    76.4
    Jay Bell              1999   69.4   32.9   15.4   -2.2   -5.8    75.2
    Danny Tartabull       1991   69.7   48.5   44.7   21.1    1.5    68.2
    Lance Johnson         1996   66.8   28.7    5.3    2.4    0.3    66.5
    Jeff Bagwell          2001   68.7   58.7   52.0   41.0    3.4    65.2
    Jeff Cirillo          1999   56.0   39.9   35.7    0.9   -8.9    64.9
    Derek Jeter           1999  118.0   82.1   71.5   60.0   53.9    64.1

    Ouch. Not even Kirk Van Houten declined so quickly…


  • #2
    Also from Prospectus today:

    ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

    Activated OF-L Larry Walker from the 15-day DL; optioned C-R Mike Mahoney to Memphis. [8/20]

    This is actually starting to work out very nicely for the Cards. Walker will get live play in which to rehab, while being rested frequently to keep him from reinjuring himself before October. In a lineup now definitely short one Scott Rolen, having Walker in working order is definitely a priority. But equally handy is that between Walker's absence and Reggie Sanders still being on the DL, playing time is being spread around between So Taguchi, John Rodriguez, and John Mabry, and that's a great way to have them all geared up for the roles they're to play in the postseason. Don't laugh, but since Taguchi's finally done something (it only took four years), and with Rodriguez looking like one of the best free talent pickups of last winter, all three are going to have their uses as key bit players. Taguchi might make a nice spot starter for Walker against a hard-throwing lefty, Rodriguez for Sanders against a dominant righthander with platoon issues. All three make nice pinch-hitting choices to use on a team that will need to pinch-hit for its third basemen and catchers, even allowing for some double-switchery to potentially keep an Einar Diaz at-bat from costing them. This stuff may matter less over 162 games, but a bench used with brio in October can make a lot of difference, especially for a lineup that will not be at its best when that time comes.
    ...and...

    CHICAGO CUBS

    Activated CF/2B-R Jerry Hairston Jr. from the 15-day DL; optioned OF-R Matt Murton to Iowa. [8/19]

    Because finding a way to play Murton when you have four lefty outfielders, with just Hairston as an alternative, why, that would have been too easy, and whatever would this team do without Jose Macias? I mean, by my count they've won eight games with Macias in the starting lineup, and even if that was out of 18 starts, and that has to mean something, because there are numbers in that assertion and everything. Jeepers. Besides, that damned Murton was hitting, and there's nothing worse than a young player who plays well without paying his dues to somebody somewhere

    Let's face it, Dusty Baker is just going to make everyone regret they've ever doubted he knew what he was doing. And if it just so happens that Dusty might actually have no clue, and is instead the Rick Cerone of managers, kept around because, gee willikers, he was so smart in 1993, when he was a first-year manager and the Giants ... well, they had this new guy over in left field, but we all know, that Bonds was the character actually responsible for the Giants' blowing their lead so that they'd lose out to the Braves that year. It had to be, because as we all know, Barry Bonds is evil, while Dusty's not just a prince among men, he's the impossible, a living saint, unquestioning and unquestionable. And sure, in Dusty's case the wages of faith may be failure, while faithlessness gets you tuning in to watch the White Sox. Wait a minute... why was it good to have faith in Dusty again? Because he says so? What is this, the Mother Church of Dustydom?

    I don't envy Jim Hendry's having to eventually do what needs to be done, or the unfair characterizations that might get made about him for doing it. But that firestorm needs little by way of flint and tinder, and the time to move past the Dusty Era has long since come.

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    • #3
      gosh. that's the coolest description of dusty that I have ever seen.
      Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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      • #4
        Jay Bell -- steroids.
        His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
        Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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        • #5
          Originally posted by moedrabowsky@Aug 26 2005, 01:19 PM
          Jay Bell -- steroids.
          Lance Johnson -- probably not.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by backstop+Aug 26 2005, 12:22 PM-->
            QUOTE(backstop @ Aug 26 2005, 12:22 PM)

          • #7
            Originally posted by moedrabowsky+Aug 26 2005, 01:33 PM-->
            QUOTE(moedrabowsky @ Aug 26 2005, 01:33 PM)
            Originally posted by [email protected] 26 2005, 12:22 PM

          • #8
            Originally posted by backstop+Aug 26 2005, 12:39 PM-->
            QUOTE(backstop @ Aug 26 2005, 12:39 PM)
            Originally posted by [email protected] 26 2005, 01:33 PM
            Originally posted by [email protected] 26 2005, 12:22 PM

          • #9
            Ah, got it. I thought you meant that he should have never been regarded as good in the first place.

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            • #10
              Would the decline in Jeter's VORP be related to the increase in number of offensively productive SSs over the last 5 years or so?
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              • #11
                Originally posted by Lippa@Aug 26 2005, 02:15 PM
                Would the decline in Jeter's VORP be related to the increase in number of offensively productive SSs over the last 5 years or so?
                I believe so. If the average league shortstop gets better and Jeter stays the same, his VORP will go down.

                I think.

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                • #12
                  Sammy needs to get back on the roids...

                  And corking his bat again probably wouldn't hurt either...
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                  • #13
                    Originally posted by backstop@Aug 26 2005, 01:12 PM
                    I thought you meant that he should have never been regarded as good in the first place.

                    That reminds me. Anybody seen Kaiser lately?

                    -RBB

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                    • #14
                      team that will need to pinch-hit for its third basemen and catchers,
                      No we don't.

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                      • #15
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