Originally Posted by Hondo
Well, I disagree with both of you... I actually watch the players play and de Aza doesn't come close to covering the ground as Span, and I do not even like Span... Span is more consistent hitter throughout a year, doesn't go up and down and up and down...
But hey, you are entitled to your opinions.
Well, I disagree with you. Implying that I don't "actually watch" also? I have seen enough Sox baseball and listened to The Hawk and Steve Stone more than I care to remember (honestly once is enough), so take this elitist "I actually watch, you don't" crap somewhere else cuz it doesn't apply to me. The reason I included the "at the bare minimum it is a wash" part originally was due to the defensive difference, even though I didn't feel necessary to clarify that in my post.
Now, lets address the consistency thing since you threw it out there. Span hit 220 in June and August and over 330 in April and July last year. That is the definition of up and down. Come to think of it, his career has kinda been up and down. He also had an on base percentage lower than 302 for 3 months of the year last year and over 355 in the other 3 months. I mean he squeezed a 411 obp in July between marks of 302 and 270 in June and August, and then followed it up with a nice 300 mark in September to wind up the season. That is very up and down. De Aza had an obp for 1 month under 300 last year and the other 5 months were significantly higher than 300. So while he may be no Joey Votto, De Aza wasn't "up and down up and down" nearly as much as Span was. And another thing- at any level De Aza had gotten 150 at bats since 06 he has never had an obp under 346 and has consistenly been well above that. Span has consistently missed that mark since 09.