Re: How inconsistent is Jay Bruce?
Real interesting study. Apparently one of the keys to being what we define as a great hitter is a lack of volatility - Jeter, Rose, Suzuki, Boggs, Molitor and Gwynn are some of the least volatile hitters in recent history. And it underlines how amazing Jeter is. I'm married to a Yankees fan, so I see a pile of Yankees games every year. Jeter is a force of nature. Game after game he's at the center of key moments. He's relentless and that's why he's revered as a quasi-religious icon by Yankees fans. The more you watch him the more you come to appreciate just how amazing a player he is.
Also not terribly surprising to see Raines, Abreu, Lofton and Butler on that list. A lot of what made those guys so good was their consistency. And their speed isn't factored into this equation, so they brought danger on the bases on top of the their consistency at the plate.
Pretty exciting to see Choo near the top of the 2012 list. That's what the Reds need, a consistent threat at the top of the lineup. He really is an ideal fit for the lineup. And the list creates yet more fodder for those who insist Hanigan should hit in the #2 slot, though Phillips graded pretty steady as well.
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