The Off-Base Percentage

Mccarver_4At least on the surface, Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez and Fox baseball analyst Tim McCarver don?t appear to have a lot in common. But a new statistical analysis suggests otherwise. In 2005, Manny posted a .400 on-base percentage. So it wouldn?t be incorrect to say that the eccentric slugger ?- much like his babbling counterpart ?- was off base 60 percent of the time. ?

Whenever I hear the attendance at a baseball game, it sounds pretty precise to me. Like 35,167 at Fenway Park, 49,619 at Yankee Stadium, or 38,916 at Wrigley Field. This is exactitude at its finest, the ballpark figure ?- anything but a ballpark figure. ?

Relievers don’t deserve earned run averages. Never have. Assigning a nine-inning projection to an inning or so of work is pure statistical folly. If I run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, does that mean I can run 400 yards in 43 seconds? Not a chance. So why should we give a guy credit for a full day of work when he can’t even make it to lunch? ?

With a nominal Minor League background and sporadic big-league experience, 24-year-old Red Sox outfielder Wily Mo Pena is like a raw piece of meat. He could use a bit of seasoning. ?

As of Opening Day, the average Major League salary was $2.87 million, up nearly nine percent from 2005. Amazingly, MLB boasts 409 millionaires, or about 100 less than MC Hammer?s entourage had in 1991. ?

Marten_1Funny how ?Shoeless? Joe Jackson and Doc Martin were teammates on the 1908 Philadelphia Athletics. ?

New Mets closer Billy Wagner isn?t about to apologize for using the same entrance music ?- Metallica?s ?Enter Sandman? ?- as Yankees counterpart Mariano Rivera. ?Lord forbid, the Earth should crumble if two people have it,? said Wagner, reading directly from Rivera?s favorite Bible verse. …

So, how many times do you see a guy make a great play in the field and lead off the next half-inning with a hit? Who cares? I’m still trying to figure out how many times you see a guy get a hit and lead off the next half-inning with a great defensive play. And while I’ve yet to figure it out, I’ll guarantee this: The answer to both questions is the same.

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