"Don't trust any statistics you did not fake yourself."--Winston Churchill
As far as figuring him out, this is the most Ross has ever played; it's the most exposure NL pitchers have had to him. His career #'s: 233/.312/.470/.782, and that's including this year, which everyone admits has been an aberration, as compared to his past.
The only year he played nearly this much was 2004 with LA: .170/.253/.291/.544.
I hope Ross turns out to be the player it looked like he was prior to the ASG; but I have many doubts about that. If we go into next year with Ross/Valentin as the catchers, it could be a long year for Reds receivers. I don't think LaRue is the long term answer, either.
I'd like to see a younger guy thrown into the mix, but I have not heard of any catching prospects on the AA or AAA level.
I wasn't looking for Dunn to get a medal. But the analyst breaking down the play should point out that a 6-6, 280 lb. player barrelling down and flipping the 2nd baseman (or SS, I can't remember) probably played a role in the Reds scoring the tying run.
My 8 year old son asked me this summer, "Daddy why do people cheer so much when we make routine plays? We're just doing what we're supposed to be doing."
Talent is God Given: be humble.
Fame is man given: be thankful.
Conceit is self given: be careful.
Ross is stinky in September, but a couple dingers straightens that OPS right out.
I keep trying to find big fault in the guy, but not having a full month OPSing under .900 is really crazy. His average dipped to .222 in August, but still managed to have a .367 OBP.
Ross isn't LaRue behind the dish, but his numbers are still pretty good....except for a few goofy errors.
Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand
I heard the same stuff after Valentin's career year last season.
"The problem with strikeouts isn't that they hurt your team, it's that they hurt your feelings..." --Rob Neyer
"The single most important thing for a hitter is to get a good pitch to hit. A good hitter can hit a pitch that’s over the plate three times better than a great hitter with a ball in a tough spot.”