Originally Posted by SteelSD
The most overrated MLB player of our generation has a .800+ OPS halfway into his age 33 season and he gets 90M bucks. If he finishes at an OPS above .800, it'll be the first time in three years and only the second time in his last five.
35% of Suzuki's career walks have been of the Intentional variety. Because other teams are worried about him hitting singles. At this point in his career, the guy is basically Juan Pierre with better bat control and a better arm.
I beg to differ. Year after year Ichiro provides gold glove quality defense, he rarely is injured, and is hands down the best leadoff hitter in the game (when he bats leadoff...). He can run and rarely strikes out. Also, very rarely gets caught stealing. He is playing really well again this year, last 2 seasons were sub-par for Ichiro and he still hit over .300. Granted I love the OPS stat as much as anyone -- but this isn't baseball simulator where you plug in people with great OPS and they all perform.
avg = .354 (2nd AL)
runs = 64 (8th AL)
hits = 135 (1st AL)
sb = 25 (3rd AL) = only 2 CS
obp = .406 (9th AL)
avg = .322 (6th)
runs = 110 (3rd AL)
hits = 224 (1st AL)
sb = 45 (3rd AL) = only 2 CS
obp = .370 (16th)
And you compare him to of all people Juan Pierre? How many times has Juan hit .300 or, better yet, how many times has Ichiro not hit .300?
Pierre has never OPS'd over .800 -- even when he played in Colorado.
Ichiro has several times and his career line is .331/.376/.438/.814