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McClendon said. “I get it. I was a major league player.
Is this a smackdown of Long?
Ted Williams sure would have agreed with that sentiment.
FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam’s weekly commentaries are broadcast on WNZF on Fridays just after 9 a.m. Here’s this week’s.
A few weeks ago the BBC had to apologize to the Mexican government because one of the hosts of a macho BBC television show about cars described Mexicans as “lazy, feckless, flatulent and overweight,” and another said Mexicans won’t complain because they’d be too lazy to be watching their show: the Mexican ambassador, they said, would be asleep on his sofa, snoring. It was only the latest but far from foulest recycling of one of the oldest stereotypes about Mexicans, whose origin is not British but American. The stereotype was so well entrenched by the late 19th century that the New York Times referred to “Lazy Mexicans” in a headline in a story about New Mexico in 1879. By the late 1920s, Texas Congressman John Box could go on the floor of the House of Representatives and call for restrictions on Mexican immigration by describing Mexicans as “this blend of low-grade Spaniard, peonized Indian, and negro slave” which “mixes with negroes, mulatoes, and other mongrels, and some sorry whites, already here.” A variation of that bigotry echoes to this day, especially as an undercurrent to the anti-immigration debate. An immigration “reform” message board asks the question: “Why are Mexicans so lazy?” First answer: “Because they are all so obese and know nothing about physical fitness. And its [sic.] easier for them to sponge off the white man.”
And it's something that makes a lot of sense on 995 out of 1000 such plays. It is instructive to look at how the press and fan reaction to Derek Jeter pacing himself compares to how Rickey Henderson was described in the 1980s
So does Manny (69.1 WAR / 154 OPS+) Ramirez get a pass?
ROE 1,926 1,588
GB/FB 0.81 0.82
PA 160,033 184,873
ROE / (PA * (GB/FB)) 1.49% 1.05%
ROE -- Reached On Error
Times a batter reached due to an error
DOES NOT include a fielder’s choice where no out was recorded.
GB/FB -- Ground Ball to Fly Ball Ratio
Includes line drives as fly balls.
OOB3 -- Outs on Base at 3rd
Runner is put out while making a baserunning play.
Example plays: out advancing on a fly ball, out attempting to reach another base on a hit,
doubled off on a line drive, or out attempting to advance on a wild pitch or passed ball.
Does not include pickoffs, caught stealing, or force plays.
Per B-R data, ROE rates look like they are down, but is it due to better fielding or lack of hustle?
But what about the Marlins? Everyone always forgets about the Marlins.
This probably has to do with the fact that no one employed by an MLB team ever called Cano out for loafing in the media before this.
Rickey is a funny guy to bring up in this discussion, given that his comparative lack of 3Bs has puzzled many an observer. A common explanation is that he didn't bust it out of the box like he should have.
He wasn't lazy, but he sure was a showboat. His lack of triples is likely related to him being right handed and a slow RH out of the box.
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