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  • Placido Polanco's Batting Title that Isn't

    Jayson Stark column that is, for a change, kind of interesting.

    Polanco has a .336 average, which is 2nd in all of baseball and would lead the American League. But since he started the season in Philadelphia, he doesn't have enough AB's to qualify for either league's title. Shades of Mark McGwire in 1997 and the 1990 NL batting race.

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  • #2
    Poor Placido. Always underrated...too weak, too small, can't last a whole season, not worth the money, not as good as the rookie with potential...

    He's like the children's swimming game, Marco Polo. You can hear all the GMs rising out of the water in the shallow end of the pool, eyes closed, gasping for air, screaming "Placido?"

    And he answers every time, "Polanco!"

    And then the GMs, still with eyes closed, swim around frantically trying to find this Polanco guy until they break their wrists on the side of the pool.
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    • #3
      QUOTE(justwundrin @ Sep 15 2005, 03:52 PM) Quoted post

      Poor Placido. Always underrated...too weak, too small, can't last a whole season, not worth the money, not as good as the rookie with potential...

      He's like the children's swimming game, Marco Polo. You can hear all the GMs rising out of the water in the shallow end of the pool, eyes closed, gasping for air, screaming "Placido?"

      And he answers every time, "Polanco!"

      And then the GMs, still with eyes closed, swim around frantically trying to find this Polanco guy until they break their wrists on the side of the pool.
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      • #4
        I've always liked Polanco.

        Philly should have dumped David Bell (WSH) and kept Placido.
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        • #5
          QUOTE(kah @ Sep 15 2005, 02:44 PM) Quoted post

          Jayson Stark column that is, for a change, kind of interesting.

          Polanco has a .336 average, which is 2nd in all of baseball and would lead the American League. But since he started the season in Philadelphia, he doesn't have enough AB's to qualify for either league's title. Shades of Mark McGwire in 1997 and the 1990 NL batting race.

          http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/stor...d=2161116&num=0
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          Except Willie M. did win the batting title in the NL, right?
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          • #6
            QUOTE(phantom @ Sep 15 2005, 03:12 PM) Quoted post

            QUOTE(kah @ Sep 15 2005, 02:44 PM) Quoted post

            Jayson Stark column that is, for a change, kind of interesting.

            Polanco has a .336 average, which is 2nd in all of baseball and would lead the American League. But since he started the season in Philadelphia, he doesn't have enough AB's to qualify for either league's title. Shades of Mark McGwire in 1997 and the 1990 NL batting race.

            http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/stor...d=2161116&num=0
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            Except Willie M. did win the batting title in the NL, right?
            [/b][/quote]

            There is or was a rule that says, if you don't get enough at bats to qualify for the batting title and if you can take an 0 for whatever number you need to get to the number of at bats, and still win the title, you win.
            Willie was so far ahead he could take an 0 for whatever and still win.
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            • #7
              Did Polanco get a 1 or 2 year arbitration deal from the Phillies?
              You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

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              • #8
                QUOTE(phantom @ Sep 15 2005, 03:12 PM) Quoted post

                QUOTE(kah @ Sep 15 2005, 02:44 PM) Quoted post

                Jayson Stark column that is, for a change, kind of interesting.

                Polanco has a .336 average, which is 2nd in all of baseball and would lead the American League. But since he started the season in Philadelphia, he doesn't have enough AB's to qualify for either league's title. Shades of Mark McGwire in 1997 and the 1990 NL batting race.

                http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/stor...d=2161116&num=0
                [/b][/quote]

                Except Willie M. did win the batting title in the NL, right?
                [/b][/quote]

                Yes, he did. He was traded later in the year and had accumlated enough NL at bats to qualify.
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                • #9
                  Yeah, McGee did win the batting title, so it wasn't the same scenario. Although it was probably irritating for Eddie Murray, who led all of baseball with a .330 BA in 1990 and didn't win a batting title.

                  But the McGwire parallel is a more exact one. 58 HR in 1997, champion of neither league.
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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(kah @ Sep 15 2005, 03:27 PM) Quoted post

                    Yeah, McGee did win the batting title, so it wasn't the same scenario. Although it was probably irritating for Eddie Murray, who led all of baseball with a .330 BA in 1990 and didn't win a batting title.

                    But the McGwire parallel is a more exact one. 58 HR in 1997, champion of neither league.
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                    Yeah, McGee hit about .270 for the As and you're right his overall average was lower than Murray's.
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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(kah @ Sep 15 2005, 03:27 PM) Quoted post

                      Yeah, McGee did win the batting title, so it wasn't the same scenario. Although it was probably irritating for Eddie Murray, who led all of baseball with a .330 BA in 1990 and didn't win a batting title.

                      But the McGwire parallel is a more exact one. 58 HR in 1997, champion of neither league.
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                      McGee met the minimum number of ABs for a .335 NL-average to Murray's .330...so, Murray didn't lead baseball, McGee did [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]

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                      • #12
                        QUOTE(*007* @ Sep 15 2005, 01:35 PM) Quoted post

                        McGee met the minimum number of ABs for a .335 NL-average to Murray's .330...so, Murray didn't lead baseball, McGee did [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]
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                        http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/stats/histor...meSubFrame=1990

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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(kah @ Sep 15 2005, 03:37 PM) Quoted post

                          QUOTE(*007* @ Sep 15 2005, 01:35 PM) Quoted post

                          McGee met the minimum number of ABs for a .335 NL-average to Murray's .330...so, Murray didn't lead baseball, McGee did [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]
                          [/b][/quote]

                          http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/stats/histor...meSubFrame=1990

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                          Yeah, and McGee finished his NL stay meeting the requirements for the batting title @ a .335 average...too bad for Eddie [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]

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