My favorite player, but it’s becoming clear that he’s not the hitter he looked like in 2003. His .526 slugging percentage that year looks like an outlier; the last two years it’s been .443 and .461. The doubles did not turn into home runs as I thought they might, and though he had a power bounceback after the injury problems of 2004, much of that was sapped by a drop in batting average. As it was, he was almost right on his career lines. (Season: .291/.365/.461. Career: .292/.366/.465.) That’s very nice for a second baseman, but not MVP material.
He’s still a heck of a player. Doubled 45 times last year, second to his 49 in 2003 among Atlanta Braves, fifth on the franchise list. Takes some walks, is a terrific and aggressive baserunner, who at one point last year scored from second on a swinging bunt out. He managed to not run into anything too solid last year, setting career highs in games and plate appearances.
SimScores have his most-similar player as Alfonso Soriano, but that’s not really accurate, because Marcus walks more (SS doesn’t adjust much for walks) and is a far better defensive player. Chuck Knoblauch was somewhat similar. Biggio is of the same type, though Marcus isn’t that good.