Baseball Crank
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December 11, 2005
BASEBALL: Random Trend Line

Noticed while looking up something else: Placido Polanco's Total Bases the past 5 seasons: 216, 221, 220, 222, 224. And in fairly consistent - the past three years, very consistent - numbers of plate appearances: 610, 595, 554, 555, 551. Polanco's one of baseball's more underrated players, a lifetime .300 hitter with a good glove at two infield positions - how many people even noticed him batting .331 this year?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:27 AM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Anybody with half a brain (this notably excludes former GM Ed Wade) knew this months ago and marveled at the sheer idiocy of trading the sublime Polanco for the aggravating Urbina while continuing to play the incompetent Bell at 3B. If the Phils, Keep PP, bench Bell and never suffer UU's bullpen misadventures, they win the wild card, if not the division.

Posted by: bensdad00 at December 11, 2005 1:04 AM

As a Tigers fan, it was one of the rare bright spots of the last season. I have no idea how the phillies give up on a guy who brings so much stability to a team.

Posted by: Juskimo at December 11, 2005 3:11 PM

Thanks, twist the knife a little more next time.

Posted by: bensdad00 at December 11, 2005 11:25 PM

I have to say i noticed him, basically, because he was on my fantasy baseball team : )

Posted by: RcM at December 12, 2005 2:00 PM

He made a big stink during Spring Training about not wanting to play 3rd base. Charlie Manuel insisted on complying and splitting time with him and Chase Utley. In a perfect world, him and Utley are still on the team and David Bell is managing in rookie ball somewhere. But this is the world where Ed Wade is allowed to run a team. Gillick has to clean up his mess. God help him.

Posted by: Aaron at December 12, 2005 10:03 PM
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