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Friday, December 24, 2004
 
stop short
ok, nomar ain't on the list, but he didn't play a full season. for some reason he's listed as a dh. we'll talk about him then. when we talk about dh's. i know it's a terrible solution but i don't want to deal with excel right now.


Player aab w k hr 23 wal con pow avg
izturis,cesar 673 43 70 4 41 .060 .896 .075 .288


cesar became useful offensively. with his great defense, that makes him valuable in low-run situations, like the playoffs. he's a strong contributor.


tejada,miguel 667 58 73 34 42 .080 .891 .128 .311


what can you say when you see that kind of contact with that kind of power but difference maker.


rollins,jimmy 659 60 73 14 55 .083 .889 .118 .289


ditto. i should say something new. look at those doubles (plus triples)! jimmy's hittin his prime.


wilson,jack 657 30 71 11 53 .044 .892 .109 .308


another breakout year. the shortstop landscape is changing. just needs a little patience. strong contributor.

you could characterize izturis, rollins, and wilson as breakouts this year.


jeter,derek 645 60 99 23 45 .085 .847 .125 .292


those are good numbers. and i'm starting to think his defense isn't as bad as sabermetricians think. many of them think he's one of the worst of all time. i don't know. i can't say anything definitive here. i mean, it's true that he consistently gets terrible ratings while other yankee infielders, like third basemen, look good, but he does seem to make good decisions. he seems to be in the right place at the right time. he senses things, somehow. yes the famous play against the a's in the playoffs jeremy giambi didn't score. how did he know to do that?

that's what the tv says any time you see playoff highlights but there's something to the tv's argument. i don't know how much. but he's easily a strong contributor.


cabrera,orlando 628 42 54 10 41 .063 .914 .089 .264


strong defense, great contact. power dropped off a little. another strong contributor.


renteria,edgar 596 40 78 10 37 .063 .869 .091 .287


i don't know. looks like the sox moved down. how's edgar's defense? they say it's great. is he a strong contributor? i guess so, but what about the next guy?


lugo,julio 589 59 106 7 45 .091 .820 .108 .275


borderline. we gotta draw the line somewhere. but those are balanced skills. he is a good baseball player.

yeah, i know. obviously.


guzman,cristian 580 31 64 8 35 .051 .890 .083 .274


great defense. needs a little more. power, patience.


clayton,royce 576 52 125 8 40 .083 .783 .106 .279


in coors that's the best he could do? why do people still employ this guy?


vizquel,omar 573 58 62 7 31 .092 .892 .074 .291


omar had some nice years, although he was overrated his entire career. now he's just a guy.


cintron,alex 568 33 59 4 38 .055 .896 .083 .262


cintron fell back from his rookie season. he struck out more and had less power. he just turned 26, so you gotta think he'll get it back.

gotta gotta gotta. i keep saying that word. writing it.


eckstein,david 568 55 49 2 25 .088 .914 .052 .276


yeah. whatever. useful in certain low-run situations. typical middle infielder. guy.


furcal,rafael 568 59 71 14 29 .094 .875 .087 .279


quality quality. power developing. strong contributor, with his defense. and don't forget baserunning.


gonzalez,alex 565 30 126 23 33 .050 .777 .128 .232


yikes, the strikeouts! serious on-base issues.


crosby,bobby 551 67 141 22 35 .108 .744 .139 .239


up-and-comer. along with cintron. should've said that.


guillen,carlos 526 54 87 20 47 .093 .835 .153 .318


yeah, i didn't see that coming. i mean nobody did. i'm feeling kind of uninspired here. like i'm putting boring comments. like i keep repeating things. like i keep repeating things.


berroa,angel 514 34 87 8 33 .062 .831 .096 .262


another guy who declined. he was nothing special anyway though. another guy.


uribe,juan 507 35 96 23 37 .065 .811 .146 .283


breakout season? uribe's 25, so it's safe to label him an up-and-comer. but he's a second baseman. right? what are the white sox doing at short this year?


greene,khalil 492 61 94 15 35 .110 .809 .126 .273


up-and-comer. high quality stuff at petco.


counsell,craig 475 64 87 2 24 .119 .817 .067 .242


counsell doesn't still play short, does he? whatever. he's a guy.


matsui,kazuo 462 41 97 7 34 .082 .790 .112 .272


turns out he's not worth all those millions after all. just some of them.


valentin,jose 452 46 139 30 23 .092 .692 .169 .216


that's a lot of strikeouts. what are the dodgers gonna do with him?


cruz,deivi 403 20 32 7 32 .047 .921 .105 .292


interesting contact/power combo. but no patience.


aurilia,rich 402 41 71 6 23 .093 .823 .088 .246


once a power-hitting shortstop. now a guy.


hall,bill 392 21 119 9 23 .051 .696 .117 .238


second baseman. too many strikeouts.


everett,adam 387 25 56 8 17 .061 .855 .076 .273


it's all guys from here except for some up-and-comers near the bottom. here's a link to everett.


vizcaino,jose 360 20 39 3 24 .053 .892 .084 .274
larkin,barry 349 35 39 8 18 .091 .888 .084 .289
gonzalez,alex_s 285 15 64 7 19 .050 .775 .118 .225
graffanino,tony 280 30 38 3 11 .097 .864 .058 .263
lopez,felipe 265 28 81 7 20 .096 .694 .147 .242
mclemore,mark 251 42 33 2 14 .143 .869 .073 .248
reese,pokey 245 17 60 3 9 .065 .755 .065 .221


mentioned in red sox article.


reyes,jose 220 5 31 2 18 .022 .859 .106 .255


up-and-comer. must learn patience.


woodward,chris 215 15 46 1 17 .065 .786 .107 .235
lopez,jose 208 9 31 5 13 .041 .851 .102 .232


up-and-comer.


luna,hector 176 15 37 3 9 .079 .790 .086 .249
cantu,jorge 174 11 44 2 21 .059 .747 .177 .301


up-and-comer. contact will develop.


upton,b.j. 160 16 46 4 10 .091 .713 .123 .258


the other up-and-comer devil ray shortstop. even younger.


vazquez,ramon 117 11 24 1 5 .086 .795 .065 .235
izturis,maicer 107 12 20 1 7 .101 .813 .092 .206


what will maicer do in the majors? i have no idea. are there any other up-and-comers? probably. good night.

oh yeah ranking.

1. tejada
2. rollins
3. guillen
4. tie among all strong contributors.

lots of strong contributors and up-and-comers. as i said, the landscape is changing. landscape. i can't believe i said that. there's gotta be a better way. to communicate. that idea. than to use tired cliches. i'm just kinda rambling here. my girlfriend is mad at me for staying up all night writing about baseball. she's mad about other stuff too. this is about to turn way too personal. i've been warned about stuff like that. she's going home. i'm sleeping alone tonight. see what you made me do? see what you've done? yeah i know i know i know. i have no one to blame but myself. sorry baby. i do the best i can.
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