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Player Rfield PA OPS+ WAR/pos CS PosJesse Barfield 161 5394 117 39.2 47 *9H/8D7Lenny Dykstra 45 5282 120 42.2 72 *8H/7Curtis Granderson 30 5044 117 35.1 34 *8/H7D9John Stone 24 5008 116 25.1 40 798/HMike Greenwell 18 5166 121 25.6 43 *7/HD982Jim Northrup 16 5215 116 21.9 38 *987H/3DIrish Meusel -8 5309 118 21.6 53 *79/H843Hank Sauer -14 5412 123 26.1 4 *79H/3Hideki Matsui -29 5066 118 21.1 9 7D/8H9Jason Bay -30 5258 121 24.3 17 *7/8H9DPatsy Dougherty -39 5109 117 17.7 *7/5
Maybe I'm misremembering, but wasn't he always touted as one of those overall amazing athletes who was just incredible at everything?
Funny that he crashed and burned so quickly.
you are being fooled by the stats. bay got to the league with average speed and was a smart baserunner so his steals totals are good. but he was a subpar outfielder in part because he didn't have the makeup speed to compensate for his poor breaks on the ball.
Which players have the most career earnings for the fewest career WAR?
I think he was a bit better on defense than the stats might show. With the Pirates, he inhabited a huge left field on a team with a bunch of lefty pitchers who seldom struck anyone out. You can see how that would end up with an unusual number of balls plunking in his direction.
At the time, the trade seemed basically like Giles was being traded for a younger version of himself.
So the three best moves of the Littlefield era were all accidents, to one degree or another.
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