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Friday, January 22, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-22-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 22, 1916:

There is no denying that Joe Jackson is not as valuable to a ball team as his .368 grand average for six years would lead one to believe, but there is no danger of his losing his position as a regular in the Whitesox outfield. Jackson may be a slow thinker and an individual star, but as he only has to contest with Eddie Murphy, “Happy” Felsch, John Collins and Jacques Fournier for a regular position, he will have little trouble holding his position.

A story has been going the rounds that Jackson would be benched in favor of Fournier, because the latter hits almost as well and is a better man in other departments. That is just like benching Eddie Collins for a recruit, as Fournier affords opposing players and the fans much humor when he tries to play the outfield.

That’s a useful mental image of Fournier. I’m getting a picture of his defense as an unathletic version of Hanley Ramirez.

I’m trying to figure out what the writer means when he suggests that Jackson was worse than his batting average. This is nonsense, right? Jackson led the league in slugging once, on-base percentage once, and stole 200+ bases in his career. Offensively, he was inner-circle great. Things are a little murkier with regard to his defense. Modern metrics don’t seem to think much of Jackson’s glove, but AFAIK his reputation has always been good. Apart from the obvious ethical concerns, did Jackson have any weaknesses as a ballplayer?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 22, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 50 comment(s)
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