As I was contemplating what to write today’s article on, I stumbled across this blog post by the Chronicle’s new Astros beat writer Bernardo Fallas. It was entitled ‘Should the Astros make a move for Willy Taveras?’ I chuckled to myself, thinking this was a tongue-in-cheek headline. After all, the Astros already have a centerfielder that does everything Taveras does and more, a full bench with bats more potent than his and prospects to take their place for cheaper if needed.
Why on earth would the Astros want Taveras?
Well, friends, Fallas was being serious. He laid out his argument for Taveras, saying he owns a home here and works out with his former teammates. While the idea was ridiculous to me on the surface, I gave Fallas the benefit of the doubt. That is, until I came to this:
Also, if healthy, he can put up decent numbers - his career high for stolen bases is 68 in 2008. He is a career .276 batter with a .321 OBP.
‘Decent numbers’ revolve around a solid batting average and stolen bases, apparently. I mean, he wasn’t referring to a .320 OBP as decent, right? When the league average was .333, anything below that has to be considered something other than decent, right? But, maybe I’m being to harsh on him. After all, Mr. Fallas just moved over from the soccer beat. He may just not have had the time to read all the wonderful articles about sabermetric thinking yet. Heck, I’m sure he hasn’t even had time to read about Moneyball or how Branch Rickey used to emphasize OBP back with the Dodgers.
Posted: February 04, 2010 at 03:01 PM | 43 comment(s)
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