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It wasn't extensive or rigorous by any means but I remember looking at 10 years worth of data in which I compared contending teams at the end of August vs the bottom teams and the contending teams didn't really exceed their expected winning % vs those teams by all that much.
It’s doubtful to anyone that babe ruth could have a lifetime OBP of .450 and a SLG percentage of .690 if he were to be dropped into present times due to relief specialists....
Couldn't James get in a little trouble for saying the Red Sox have five redundantly fungible players in the majors?
One of the key differences between a contending team and a second-division team is that a team like the Red Sox has players coming off the bench, like Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp, who are clearly above replacement level, whereas the bench of a second-division team consists entirely of replacement-level players.
Bnech players are like lottery tickets. Sometimes you hit it big, sometimes you win $3 and usually you lose.
I imagine it's hard to maintain a strong bench year after year. Those "above replacement" bench filler probably can find more playing time on other teams after their success. And rarely does a team have bench players under long term contracts.
Basically thinking of players on a scale from 0 (replacement level) to 10 (Mike Trout) is too limiting.
One of the thousand things that's interesting about Ruth: under the above argument, you'd expect him to be the king of all sorts of multi-homer games, because he'd keep picking up an extra at-bat or two against tired starters in every game.
Not sure i buy the premise. If a starter has given up a minimum of 2 homers, he's probably not going deep, even in the '20s. 3 And he's almost certainly gone.
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