Baseball Crank
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December 27, 2007
BASEBALL: The Tablesetters

I have a long-in-the-making column up at The Hardball Times this morning on the Hall of Fame candidacies of Tim Raines and similar players - the tablesetters.

FYI, I left Amos Otis out of the article because I wasn't sure where to classify him. Otis was sort of neither fish nor fowl, not exactly a slugger or a tablesetter but, as Bill James has noted, one of the most well-rounded players in the game's history, doing well at almost everything. Anyway, Otis' translated stats for the 10 years of his prime (age 23-32, 1970-79) rates him at .285/.477/.351* in 623 plate appearances for a "Rate" of 104.1, with 30 SB and 7 CS and 11 DP per year.

* - The THT folks switched all my Avg/Slg/OBP numbers to Avg/OBP/Slg, which still looks wierd to me but has become the convention in the last 10 years or so, I guess.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:43 AM | Baseball 2007 • | Baseball 2008 • | Baseball Studies | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

"As I have pointed out before, Rose played more major league games than anybody, ever, and played every single inning of them like he had money riding on them."

You're awful :-)

Posted by: Neil Stevens at December 28, 2007 11:31 AM

While it may be snarky, that's as true a description as I can think of of both how Rose played, and how he managed.

Posted by: Jerry at December 28, 2007 7:22 PM

Good work, Crank. But it's high time you joined the 21st century and changed to the AVG/OBP/SLG format that everyone else uses.

C'mon, you know you'll feel better if you do.

Posted by: Mike at December 29, 2007 10:03 AM

I did and it changed my life.

Posted by: DubiousD at December 30, 2007 11:32 PM
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