I mean his Major League numbers make his minor league numbers look bad. He topped out at 22 homers in the minors, twice. He only hit over .300 twice in 8 seasons. Clearly he uses by the crazy logic going on around here, right? I mean all of a sudden he is arguably one of the best hitters for average in baseball and man, that 37 home run season after only hitting 22 in a single year in the minors? Wreaks of cheating.
When creating expectations for 300 some players, odds have it that we'll underestimate the talent of a few of them. Should I brace myself for seeing some random player's name with thirty pages attached to the thread every year from now on?
As for Merriman, I never considered him a marquee player because he wasn't one. He had one great season, made three pro bowl rosters, and was basically done after his third year in the league. One great season doesn't make you a marquee player -- especially when you're busted for being dirty not long after that.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
Torii Hunter on if 61 is "real" HR record: "No. Don't care what you're linked to, you still have to hit the ball out of park. It aint easy."
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
Anyone who holds any kind of record in baseball.... STEROIDS! You know, because no one has ever done better.
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