Monday, March 28, 2005

David Pinto over at Baseball Musings has created a nifty little tool that allows you to compare players over extended periods of time. So, for example, you can compare players and see who had the best April in 1997. I chose to look at what Ichiro! has done since his debut 4 years ago, and it blew me away!
Ichiro has 924 hits since joining the Mariners. From 2001 to 2004, this ranks Ichiro first in hits BY A MILE! The next closest is Juan Pierre (who the Mariners drafted...twice!) with 797.
If you go back and look at hit totals from 2000-2004, Ichiro! still ranks 3rd, behind Todd Helton and Derek Jeter. And if you look at the hit totals from 1999-2004 (basically giving everyone else a 2-year head start), Ichiro! ranks 38th, ahead of Pudge Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre, Nomar Garciaparra, Scott Rolen, Jim Thome, Edgar Martinez and Barry Bonds.
The man is truly amazing.

Monday, March 21, 2005

This gem from Will Carroll at BP, regarding the signing of Aaron Sele:

"Sele was brought in as insurance against injury. The problem is, he's always injured and at this stage, he stinks even when he's healthy. Signing him is like buying an old Fiat just in case your Yugo breaks down."

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Larry Stone has some great insight into the M's failed negotiations with Carlos Delgado this past winter in Wednesday's Seattle Times. This is the kind of stuff I really like to read; oftentimes we never find out what really happened in these situations. It seems like Bavasi and the M's played things right. Delgado just wasn't going to sign on the club's timetable or anything close to it so they moved on to Sexson and Beltre.

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