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Wow. This makes me feel really old. I remember when he was a fragile prospect. Then he was a fragile major leaguer. Now he will be a fragile retired MLB'er.
So I guess I shouldn't pick him in fantasy thinking that this is the year he stays healthy? Though, this will probably be the year he stays healthy. Unless he spends a lot of time washing his truck or something
Still, he made more than $29M. A good life awaits.
TAMPA, Fla. – You study Nick Johnson’s face for the resentment he surely feels toward the fates, a longing for the career he was supposed to have. Johnson has been bruised and broken too many times to count, slammed in the face, wrist, back and leg – so overwhelmed by bad luck, he says, “Maybe I didn’t drink enough milk as a kid.”
Hope the Nats bring him back to D.C. sometime this season to throw out a first ball.
When he was traded for Vazquez I was so happy the Yankees got rid of him that I didn't care that they had acquired a guy as good as Vazquez.
That link in 24 is great BTW.
It really is. Perfect microcosm of BP: some solid insight, hilariously wrong predictions made with such certainty, and Joe Sheehan being Joe Sheehan.
i like your imaginary players league. i wish i had your skillz. i would create an imaginary HOTTTTT guys league, all of who want to clean my house and fix my garage/storage room seeing as how my kidsss top the Major League Mess Created stats
And with C.C. Sabathia at #18 and Albert Pujols at #29.
The only other baseball player to look even remotely like Babe Ruth. I thought he was going to be a great one.
That piece is worth bringing back next time someone talks about how a random collection of Primates could constitute a competitive front office.
Funny; I almost mentioned this myself. I've always felt that Johnson looks like Ruth, but hadn't heard it said anywhere else until now.
Also, Teixeira looks like Joe DiMaggio.
Hoping Larry B drops by to weigh in with his thoughts, post-Bushmills
I still remember that horrible Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium in 2006 when Nick collided with Austin Kearns while pursuing a popup and was severely injured.
Yeah, he does a little bit. Especially when he was with the Nats and got kinda tubby.
How is the analysis there any worse than what an actual competitive front office would do?
Perfect microcosm of BP: some solid insight, hilariously wrong predictions made with such certainty, and Joe Sheehan being Joe Sheehan.
The "who does Teixeira look like?" sweepstakes ended long ago.
Well, that was also when BP was most worth reading. Of course, times are different now - sabermetrics has been assimilated and we know a lot more about what we don't know.
There's not as much room to have a legitimate perspective that contradicts mainstream analysis now. I really enjoyed Kevin Goldstein's work, but I feel like BP lost a bit of their identity when they let the scouts in the door and tried to be all things to everybody, rather than focusing on what got them there in the first place.
If the best amateur sabermetric minds can't project players any better than a real front office, what are they bringing to the table?
Based on Nick's .500 OBP minor league season, I created Frank Lewis, who has stayed healthy.
In fact, I thought it was widely accepted that statheads did have a better handle on prospecting at the time.
Hope the Nats bring him back to D.C. sometime this season to throw out a first ball
Not just healthy, durable. Those 276 HBP bounced of Nick/Frank like spitballs off a battleship.
As I and other here have said numerous times a BTF dream team would be a team that won 76 games a year but cost 30 million dollars. A team filled with guys that were worth 1 or 2 wins but cost nothing.
I think a BTF dream team would be Stars+Scrubs and avoiding signing 2-3 win players to contracts longer than a year. Of course, if you don't get the stars, then you've failed miserably.
The thing is the amateur sabe has different goals than a front office so a direct comparison doesn't really work. As I and other here have said numerous times a BTF dream team would be a team that won 76 games a year but cost 30 million dollars. A team filled with guys that were worth 1 or 2 wins but cost nothing.
what makes you think that some front offices wouldn't think that a splendid goal?
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