Originally Posted by reds44
Somebody in the top 10 in the league in OPS and 2nd in HRs/RBIs isn't exceptional? Tough crowd. He's been exceptional this year. No matter how "streaky" people say he is.
He has a career .820 OPS (115 OPS+). No, I don't consider that exceptional. Joey Votto has a career 155 OPS+. I consider THAT exceptional. I just have a little higher standard for my superlatives. Yeah you're trumpeting his OPS in the middle of one of his torrid streaks. But what about in two weeks from now if he's cooled back to .860? Again, that's a good player and he's definitely above-average and worth the money he's being paid. But that's not historical. That's not exceptional. That's a good player worth the money being paid.
I think he's a very good player. I don't think he's an exceptional player. Again, exceptional is a strong term. That is reserved for truly elite players. "Not typical," says the definition. I don't find an .820 OPS atypical. It's found among dozens of players every season. There are 47 qualified players above .820 this season, which is Bruce's career average. Do I think there are at least 47-50 exceptional players in the league? Nope.