I tuned to the YES Network to make sure it was still an ESPN/Bud Selig clone and it was. Michael Kay announced David Ortiz’ stats v Mariano Rivera going into the 9th inning match up on Friday, August 5, 2011 in Boston. Kay says Ortiz does well against Rivera and
is 8 for 25.
Ortiz does well against Rivera but the stat deliberately omits 6 meaningful at bats in the two players’ careers and cheats the baseball consumer out of a larger sample size, ie the post season, stats for which are readily available.
Going into the at bat including post season Ortiz was
10 for 31. Six more at bats.
Even the so-called Yankee tv channel doesn’t dare mention post season stats. 13 straight years in the post season (1995-2007) made the YES Network possible and brought attendance to floundering Yankee Stadium in the mid ‘90’s, when it was so bad all you heard was the Yankees had to move the stadium to Manhattan “because nobody would come to the Bronx.” Three levels of post season play make greater demands on players often in extreme weather conditions, on the biggest stages, against the toughest competition, often in close and extra inning situations, sometimes the most grinding and demanding of a player’s entire career. All in the trash, dismissed because Bud Selig is charge of stats, records, awards, glory, all aspects of players’ images, and perks for those he favors. ...So he has the troops saying post season stats should not be counted because it’s “unfair” to those who weren’t as “lucky” to go to the post season.
...This rationale assumes everyone who goes to the post season gets good stats. Even helpful pitcher vs batter stats are ignored for fear people might look into post season stats a little more-which would be “unfair.” If the YES Network ignores significant amounts of a Yankee player’s most difficult work or fails to inform viewers of meaningful post season at bats between Ortiz and Rivera, what’s the point of watching it?
Once the regular season ends…my 48-year old stat-book closes. As it should.