Baseball Crank
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August 1, 2003
BASEBALL: Why Call Robin?

Fun fact, for those of you still scratcing your heads over why the Dodgers would trade for Robin Ventura: Adrian Beltre has gone hitless 49 times this season, including 23 times in 42 games against the rest of the NL West. I don't have comparison stats, but that seems like a lot of ofers to watch without losing faith in a guy.

Beltre's batting .440, slugging .600 and has a .462 OBP in 6 games this year at Coors Field; in the other 36 games against NL West opponents, here's his line:

GABH2B3BHRRRBIBBAvgSlgOBP
361292080371410.155.287.232

Stuff like that is hard to sit through. As for the Yankees' acquisition of Aaron Boone, it's worth noting that Boone's OBP (.339) is actually slightly lower than Ventura's (.344), and Boone's was .314 last season. Clearly, though, the Yankees are looking to Boone for power.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:21 AM | Baseball 2002-03 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

The Boone / Ventura move doesn't make sense in terms of power to me. Like you pointed out - Ventura has a higher OBP (and he hasn't gotten hot yet) but there isn't that big a difference in power. Boone averages a HR every 22.4 AB (career 27.7). Ventura averages a HR every 31.4 AB so far in 2003 but for his career in one HR every 24 AB's.

I think the deal was done for 2 reasons.

1. Cashman needed to make a big splash to keep George off his back.

2. The deal for Boone also blocked a Seattle/Toronto/Boston deal that would have sent Boone to the M's, Casey Fossum to Toronto and Freddie Garcia to the Red Sox.

Posted by: Chris L at August 1, 2003 9:38 AM
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