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I can't believe nobody in this thread has mentioned Rey Ordonez, who as I recall saved 2-3 runs per game with his glove.
Or conversely, a guy who seems like he does all the little things, but is a liability at the other end of the court.
My favorite ANT+ man- Butch Hobson and his -0.1 career WAR.
Jeff Francoeur is hitting .209 with five walks and one home run. We are about a quarter of the way through the season, so you can multiply those numbers by four to get a sense of where he would finish the year at this pace.
Actually, just once I'd like to hear an announcer, or hell, anybody else say about a player "He plays the game the wrong way. All wrong. Why is this guy even on a team?
I'll nominate Brett Favre as an all-time ANT (not ANT+) leader.
or both ends of the court, in the case of derrick fisher.
In general, football announcers are MUCH worse about this than baseball. Every fullback is "hard nosed". Every lineman is "a beast". Every slot receiver is "shifty". Every safety is "hard hittting".
Do we just notice it more now that our patience with Poz is shorter? I remember him writing about Yuni Betancourt multiple times during Yuni's days in Kansas City when he really wasn't that interesting of a topic.
What is this? A batting line for ants?!
I've blocked out all memory of whoever it was who maintained that Horry belonged in the HOF.
Bill Simmons has him as the 84th greatest player of all time.
I haven't researched this, but I'm still pretty confident in hypothesizing that Jesus Alou was the very worst major league player to get as many years and as much playing time as he did. He was big but had zilch power, and didn't run well. The one and only reason he got the opportunities he did was because of his last name. Felipe and Matty are both good, so this guy must be too.
If Kendall played longer in Oakland, he may have eventually topped Lansford because he was a catcher. What they had in common besides whiteness and grittiness was the relentless Ray Fosse P.R. machine. Ray Fosse loves these guys more than their mothers and wives ever did.
I haven't researched this, but I'm still pretty confident in hypothesizing that Jesus Alou was the very worst major league player to get as many years and as much playing time as he did.
Horry could never make a bad team good but he could help a good team become great, especially if he played on a team with a dominant center. He could guard small forwards, power forwards, and centers without embarrassing himself, and he could hit threes. He was an excellent role player who hit a lot of very big shots in his career.
I doubt that Simmons thought that Horry was one of the best 100 guys to start a franchise from scratch, but if you had a good center already, you're much more likely to win with Horry than without him.
certainly in the running
"Jesus Christ was bad ballplayer"
I was very surprised to see that Coleman's best season of running was only worth 17 runs over average according to b-ref.
"Luis Aguayo is on deck. Aguayo hasn't exactly been reminding anybody of Rogers Hornsby lately."
"Aguayo's running at first base. He doesn't have great speed ... what am I saying? he doesn't have good speed, he doesn't even have average speed. The man is slow."
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