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  1. How many of those games did Trout win by himself? What was the factor quantified that he was involved in those wins? Same for Cabrera? I don't believe you can quantify it by a single stat or group of stats. Now don't get me wrong, we can get close to rating players and putting a worth to them, but no stat shows everything on and off the field. From a national standpoint, Trout dipped ever so slightly in sept., even though his defense and speed didn't, while Cabrera was a monster the whole second half and helped carry his team to a division, regardless of the white sox collapse or the A's incredible run. Of course the triple crown chase helped Cabrera, but in my mind he won it without it. It's telling when voters poll the players/managers and hands down Cabrera is mentioned as MVP. No one is arguing that Trout may be best all around player in the AL, but given the circumstances I can logically see the case for Cabrera. And if your Mauer scenario plays out with all the same tangibles, I wouldnt have a problem with it, because that's the way it goes with these kind of votes. In the end it's an award, and you've still got Jackson under team control for a few more years.....
  2. Best all around player AL - Trout MVP (as in who was most valuable, backed by Cabrera's late inning and aug/sept. stats) - Cabrera Simple once you've defined it, the best all around player isn't always the MVP.
  3. Didn't realize someone would take this so personal......... Let me preface, you may appreciate some of the same things I do about the game and I said this in my statement that some Sabers do get it. But if I may, I was in agreement with Oblong over an article that a individual wrote on fangraphs that stated: I'm fully aware of what BABIP is and what its context is. He may have a point that alot is dropping in for BB now, but to give his at bats away right now because of this stat.............now that is truly (in your classy words) f**king asinine. Continued in the comments from the same author: I'm thinking this is also asinine. I don't even need to know what a ZiPS RoS projection is, because quite frankly it doesn't interest me. This clearly sounds like someone who is too into the numbers to realize a ballgame is going on. So, in conclusion. I like quick pick off throws to first base, runners who get from 1st to 3rd on singles in the gap, quick thinking fielders, catchers running down the line to backup first base, etc..............maybe you do to, that's fine, and maybe you like numbers.......that's fine, I don't mind a few myself. As mentioned in the earlier post, I'd rather spend time watching a game with an old scout who's seen alot of baseball, than some stathead who spends way too much time on the excel sheets and no face time with the game. Lastly,my statement was more about the asinine article written by someone who to me just ain't watching or getting it. Call the dogs back, don't take it so personal. Unless you want to stick up for that article............?
  4. Bingo. It's why I really enjoyed Hennings article and the scouts view on BB. Now there are some people who would be fun to talk baseball with. Not to say that Fangraph or Sabers don't get it, but .........there is a whole game going on that I don't think they appreciate or focus on the way some of us do.
  5. If his last name was Smith, he's gets drafted #1 overall in the NFL by the 49er's...............apparently, he's a professional in both realities.
  6. I'm neither a Inge lover or hater............I'm Ingedifferent, slightly Ingepartial. Looks like his knee surgeries have taken a toll on his legs, but he still is solid at 3B. Tigers have won with his bat before, but it becomes strained when you bunch a non-hitting catcher, a cold Raburn, Adam Everett, Danny Worth, Ramon Santiago and Don Kelly around him. Interesting situation at the end of the year with him................depending on what they do in the Offseason, few of the haters may have to brace themselves for more Inge..course they could upgrade too.
  7. No jokes with that kind of injury..............although glad to hear it was only a temporary discomfort and he'll be back tonight.
  8. Sure, bring JL up and throw him in the three hole. A Raburn/Kelly/Larish platoon at that three spot would send new meaning to Production in Detroit..........
  9. Avg. to slightly above avg. defensive corner OF'er. A healthy Joyce wouldn't be much different from him, minus the arm strength. Also, Joyce did have a Chris Shelton April stretch there for awhile where RA was saying "Ewweehhhh, go on with your bad self Joyce, I see ya!, country strong"....... I know the differences though in actual projections, I was more referring to the initial splash on the big stage being similar to Matt Joyce, but there's more detail for you......
  10. I was thinking Matt Joyce too............quick start, high hopes, nothing special fielding corner OF. Would love to see if he can keep it up, but am not counting on it.
  11. Did pitcher A give up all his runs in the first few innings and pitch with a lead while shutting them down the rest................Did pitcher B pitch well until he had the lead, then come out the next inning and give up his 2???
  12. Vin Scully's call on Gibson's home run in the 88' series gives me goosebumps no matter how many times I read or hear it. I noticed there was a movie quote on the first page, so I have to include the only other quote that gives me goosebumps when I read it....from Terence Mann: "And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come. "
  13. Don't forget about the play in the playoffs a few years back, Arod hits a grounder, as the throw gets to first base, he takes what looks like an attempt to hit the ball out of the glove with his hand.......... A-Rod out, after discussion, for interference - MLB - ESPN I would say bush league, and it won't be the last time........
  14. Today I learned, that Sizemore isn't the stone hands that was so widely advertised previously. Maybe he can't get to the occasional one in the hole, but it's not the glove I'm worried about. Early on, it looks like his head isn't where it should be. Whether that is the reality of playing in the bigs or the environment, not sure, but he's had a few puzzling plays out there in the field in the first week of the season. The non-hustle play, and today with the little league look alive play. On that pass ball by Laird, where Grady was stealing 2nd, Sizemore never went to the bag or gave the impression that a play was going to be made at 2nd. He stood there, like a house........... Grady didn't look the whole way, he only knew the ball got by Laird after seeing Sizemore staring at the play in front of him. Nothing to big, but he's got to learn to sell it. If that ball had been trouble for Laird, Grady easily has third on that one too. Attention to details, Scotty.
  15. Quick impressions: Long swing, questionable plate discipline at times, drives the ball well. Has had success with the fastball, will wait and see once the league gets a book on him, how he handles the offspeed stuff. Defensively, good range, avg. to slightly above avg. arm strength. Nice accuracy on the throw the other night to nab the guy at home. Lots to like, some things to worry about, look forward to his progression.
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