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Ugliest swing I ever saw on a great hitter. Opened up that front foot but good, whipped his chunky butt along behind it, yanked the bat through the zone. Looked terrible. Early in his career I was convinced that pitchers were going to figure him out and expose massive holes in his swing. Never did.
“It doesn’t make sense to play in the physical condition I’m in,” he said.
The 281 PA they gave to Daryle Ward that year are a bit harder to justify.
"Decided to retire" being a nice way of saying "couldn't get a contract offer.
Player dWAR PA OPS+ Rfield WAR/pos G SB PosLarry Walker 1.3 8030 141 95 72.4 1988 230 *9H/387D45Mike Piazza 1.0 7745 143 -63 59.2 1912 17 *2DH/3Duke Snider -5.9 8237 140 -22 66.6 2143 99 *89H/7Bob Johnson -5.9 8050 139 18 57.2 1863 96 *78/3495HNorm Cash -9.2 7914 139 39 51.9 2089 43 *3H/97DLance Berkman -11.7 7814 144 -18 52.0 1879 86 3798D/HDavid Ortiz -17.5 8249 139 -14 44.0 1969 15 *D3H
All-time career Rbat for switch-hitters:
Mantle 801 (crikey)
He's the top hitter among his own comps, though he has one of the shorter careers among those centered on him, too.
in terms of rbat it probably was easier to put up high/low raw counts. The variance should be higher in high scoring eras. war would at least partially adjust with a higher rar to war conversion factor.
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