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Its hard to hate on A-Rod when the bat speed is just not there. The O's are feeding him a steady diet of 91-93 mph fastballs on the inner half and he simply can't catch up to them. Maybe he can dead-cat next year after an offseason of work, but right now he's helpless.
Michael Kay, a long-time A-Rod defender
That's pretty much the same reasoning they're exhibiting by sticking A-Rod's contract in the middle of the lineup. It may be politically necessary, but it doesn't work against good power pitchers.
Better than the Mendoza line, I like to think of this as the Leiter line. Any actual hitter should be able to walk at least this much.
Juan Pierre is not one of them. (OK, he's within rounding of 5.7%) But he's hardly alone.
In the expansion era, there have been 125 players with at least 3000 PA and a lower walk rate. Dawson is in the HoF and Pudge II will join him (barring roid rage) and Cano has a shot. The number of fairly longtime Cubs on this list is depressing: Dawson, Buckner, Bowa, Pierre, Dunston, Beckert, Neifi, Patterson, Glanville (and he doesn't have 3000 PA yet but Castro's walk rate is terrible) .... and apparently God wants me to get back to work because P-I has just crapped out on me.
God's smiling on me again. All three of the Alou brothers are on the list.
Alex is bragging about something even I could do.”
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