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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Fangraphs. Q&A: Ken Singleton

Ken Singleton agrees with the Internet.

DL: In the eyes of many, you were an underrated player. Who did you play with, or against, who was underrated?

KS:  One person who comes to mind is Dwight Evans. First of all, he was probably the best right fielder in the league when we played. He was an excellent fielder. His on-base percentage was good, because he drew a lot of walks. He also hit a lot of home runs, well over 300. I think he was underrated maybe because there were so many star players, including Hall-of-Famers, around him.

I was maybe underrated because I didn’t say too much. I just played. I’ve always said that I’d rather be underrated than underpaid. I used to tell my agent that I felt I was one of the top 5% or 10% of the players in the league and I wanted to be paid that way. He made sure that I was.

Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: September 07, 2011 at 04:22 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Handle's Messiah Posted: September 08, 2011 at 01:13 AM (#3919088)
I heart Ken Singleton. He is the Captain Sensible of YES Broadcasts.
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 08, 2011 at 02:38 AM (#3919188)
More than any other announcer I know of, Singleton's a master of saying more with less. I don't think it's a coincidence that he and Palmer are two of the best of the local broadcasters, and that they both played for Weaver. I truly feel sorry for any younger Orioles fans** who weren't around to follow them during the first Weaver era. It was like being a jazz fan in the 40's and living in a $50 a month walk-up on 52nd Street in New York.

**assuming such creatures actually exist
   3. Lassus Posted: September 08, 2011 at 02:59 AM (#3919214)
I will echo the like of Singelton. He makes the YES broadcasts more than bearable.
   4. Stormy JE Posted: September 08, 2011 at 03:14 AM (#3919221)
DL: Were you equally disciplined from each side of the plate?

KS: Yeah, I believe so. I did swing at a bad pitch every once in awhile, but sometimes I did it to set pitchers up. I might swing at a breaking ball in the dirt, hoping to get another one that was a strike, up in the zone. I’d do that every so often, but overall, my idea was to not swing at pitches out of the strike zone. My idea was to force pitchers to throw strikes.

Awesome.
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 08, 2011 at 03:35 AM (#3919236)
My idea was to force pitchers to throw strikes.

Singleton averaged 98 walks per 162 game season for his entire career, which on a per season basis has got to be somewhere close to top 10 territory. And BTW it's also one more walk per year than Dwight Evans had.

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