15 thoughts on “Linguistics”

  1. I was getting annoyed with all the criticism of Matsui before. I thought people were crazy for saying he was a bust. But that guy, no matter how solid the hitting numbers, finds a way to botch games and key situations on an almost regular basis. Matsui’s good, but for the effort and money it took to bring from Japan, I don’t think he was worth it.

  2. What is the National League record for double plays in a season by one team? We have to be chuggin’ towards it at this pace…

  3. (I swear I am not making this story up.) The other night, I was lying in bed wondering how the Braves would do this year. Somehow my mind wandered to Andres Thomas, possibly my dad’s least favorite player of all time. I remember thinking before I went to bed that there was no way he was as bad as I remembered thinking him to be at the time; I was afraid that I would learn he was actually underappreciated, and did the little things that sabermetricians appreciate, if I took the time to look him up on B-Ref.

    Of course, I never got around to looking back at his numbers until just now. Yuck. My dad was sure right about him.

  4. During Thomas’ six-year career, the Braves — who had been a good team in the previous few seasons — finished last four times and fifth twice. Since they got rid of him — it was like the first thing Bobby did when he took over again as manager — they’ve won every division title. Coincidence?!?!?!?

  5. And who replaced Thomas? The great slugger R Belliard of course. Amazing what a little defense at the shortstop position will do. I also remember something about FC Stadium having the worst infield in the league and that was addressed by Cox as well.

  6. Thanks for the information guys. I became a fan at age 9 in 1990 so I don’t have any memories of him. I occassionally hear our broadcasters refer to him and was really wondering who he was. You guys filled in the blanks nicely. Thanks. I like your anecdote too Kyle S, my father and I have similar experiences with players I think he’s too hard on.

  7. I became a fan during the reign of Raphael the 1st.
    Ramirez that is (.261/.295/.342; FP .953). My dad was hard on him too, though I think unfairly so.

  8. Wow, you guys are makin’ me feel old. I became a fan in the glorious season of 1974, at the ade of ten. Now, where’d I put my cane?

  9. My first pro baseball memory is watching the Mets and Braves in the ’69 playoffs on TV in class. I’ve been a fan ever since.

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