Originally Posted by M2
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.
Spot on. You can tell the guys who only evaluate based on stats by their opinion of Jeter. If they say he's overrated, it's a pretty safe bet they haven't watched the guy play much.
Historically, the guy I've always appreciated more than most is Keith Hernandez. Like Jeter, it seemed like he was involved in every game-deciding play, and most of the time he made the key defensive play or got the big hit to decide it in his team's favor. Some think first base defense isn't that important or that it doesn't provide much differentiation, and most of the time, they're probably right. But that's because no one I have seen before or since played it the way Hernandez did. What a weapon.
Sorry for the tangent. Please return to debating the streakiness of Jay Bruce.