Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Murray Chass: TIGERS ROAR, A-ROD REELS

Murray’s latest hit job

In a recent piece in The New York Times, Tyler Kepner cites positive aspects of Rodriguez’s play – savvy baserunning, ability to draw walks, helpful to young players. Then he adds, “Imagine a player who did all those things, without the outrageous salary.”

How does the salary figure in Kepner’s assessment? Is he paying part of it?

Kepner, using a new-age statistic, further puts down Rodriguez by reporting that a statistical baseball Web site says that “Rodriguez brought the Yankees just two more wins this season than a replacement player would have.” I have as much disdain for that statistic as Kepner has for Rodriguez.

The “recent piece”

The New York Times
October 12, 2012
Time to Change Expectations for Aging Slugger
By TYLER KEPNER ...

Yet there is little encouraging evidence on Rodriguez’s side. His slugging percentage has dropped in each of the past five seasons, tumbling this year to .430 — just one point better than Jeter’s. According to baseball-reference.com, Rodriguez brought the Yankees just two more wins this season than a replacement player would have.

bobm Posted: October 20, 2012 at 01:16 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex rodriguez, pinata, wins above replacement

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: October 20, 2012 at 02:22 AM (#4277284)
So, Murray has disdain for wins now?
   2. John DiFool2 Posted: October 20, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4277580)
Insert fishing joke? Hello?

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: Politics - December 2014: Baseball & Politics Collide in New Thriller
(5088 - 3:12pm, Dec 20)
Last: Morty Causa

NewsblogRuben Amaro Jr. says it would be best if Phillies move on from Ryan Howard
(23 - 3:10pm, Dec 20)
Last: Sweatpants

NewsblogAmazin' Avenue - Cohen: Mets and Rockies discussing Troy Tulowitzki deal with Noah Syndergaard as the centerpiece
(47 - 3:06pm, Dec 20)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogThe 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!
(133 - 3:04pm, Dec 20)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(1365 - 3:04pm, Dec 20)
Last: Poster Nutbag

NewsblogThe right — and wrong — way for Mets to get Tulowitzki | New York Post
(9 - 3:01pm, Dec 20)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - December 2014
(754 - 2:52pm, Dec 20)
Last: Famous Original Joe C

NewsblogThe 4 surprisingly quiet teams of the MLB offseason
(37 - 2:38pm, Dec 20)
Last: Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch)

NewsblogOT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2014 - January 2015)
(102 - 2:37pm, Dec 20)
Last: BDC

NewsblogTrading Justin Upton means the Braves are in full rebuilding mode | Mark Bradley blog
(87 - 2:15pm, Dec 20)
Last: DA Baracus

NewsblogOT: Soccer December 2014
(318 - 2:03pm, Dec 20)
Last: frannyzoo

Hall of Merit2015 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(103 - 2:00pm, Dec 20)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogZuckerman - Trea Turner Named Now, Plays Later
(6 - 1:51pm, Dec 20)
Last: Justin T steals bases with his bat

NewsblogGiants acquire McGehee to fill third-base spot
(1 - 1:46pm, Dec 20)
Last: Into the Void

NewsblogThe Yankees’ plan in case A-Rod can’t play at all
(2 - 1:19pm, Dec 20)
Last: Pat Rapper's Delight

Page rendered in 0.1604 seconds
48 querie(s) executed