Comments on: ‘Vedi Napoli e poi muori’ http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443/comment-page-1#comment-169690 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:24:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15443#comment-169690 @20, Frankie -- Certainly, 2011 is far better than anything he's done before.

But for the previous 3 years, Napoli averaged 22 HRs (in just 405 PAs) and a 124 OPS+. If he had stayed on the Angels and just repeated that average, they probably win the division, considering the historically inept production of their 2011 catching corps.

Scioscia has been a good manager for a long time and deserves a lot of credit for the Angels' long run as contenders. But his preference for Mathis (or just about anyone else) over Napoli is a clear mistake. Mathis is the worst-hitting regular catcher in about 40 years, with no tangible evidence of defensive excellence to make up for it.

Just looking at 2010 ... Mathis and Napoli had about the same defensive innings behind the plate. Napoli had a better CS%, a lower rate of wild pitches and passed balls, made fewer errors and had more DPs. Yet it was always known that Scioscia didn't like Napoli.

BTW, this wouldn't be the first time that a player has blossomed after joining a team that appreciates his positives instead of harping on his negatives.

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By: Frankie http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443/comment-page-1#comment-169673 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 18:48:07 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15443#comment-169673 Where was this Napoli when he was on the angles?

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By: Timothy P. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443/comment-page-1#comment-161380 Sun, 02 Oct 2011 08:47:12 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15443#comment-161380 Oh wait! I get it! Bill James works for the Red Sox, now I see why the mood on the board has been so sour. Bill James screwed up the Red Sox!

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By: Timothy P. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443/comment-page-1#comment-161375 Sun, 02 Oct 2011 08:41:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15443#comment-161375 Me on Oct 1st Several times throughout the season ole Timmy praised what the Rays have done, you can look it up. I obviously pointed out the small payroll, but also what a great attitude the players have and especially Joe Maddon. How am I trying to rewrite history?

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By: Timothy P. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443/comment-page-1#comment-161372 Sun, 02 Oct 2011 08:37:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15443#comment-161372 Me in July about the RaysThey get off to a really bad start, and now they are 10 games over. There is a lot of talk about rating players here and new stats vs. old and all that, but whatever the Rays are doing they are doing it well!

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443/comment-page-1#comment-161264 Sun, 02 Oct 2011 03:18:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15443#comment-161264 Yes, I concede, after the Rays proved they were still a good team, you acknowledged them as such.

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By: Timothy P. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443/comment-page-1#comment-161145 Sat, 01 Oct 2011 21:58:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15443#comment-161145 You got me twisto, I knew I couldn't out smart (or out snark) you. And before the season started I would have said no way the Rays reach .500. As the season progressed there were probably about 4 or 5 posts by me praising what they've done, thanks for putting them up.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443/comment-page-1#comment-160957 Sat, 01 Oct 2011 15:33:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15443#comment-160957 Timmy, you're suddenly trying to forge a history for yourself as a season-long Ray backer. And yet, "Before the season started I would have said no way this team reaches .500."
http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12515#comment-126083

Tamp it down a scotch there, brother.

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By: Timothy P. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443/comment-page-1#comment-160897 Sat, 01 Oct 2011 07:26:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15443#comment-160897 @11 JA - I don't know JA, when I was banging the drum for the great job the Ray have done you kind of poo-poo'd me like "ole Timmy he don't know nothing". Several times throughout the season ole Timmy praised what the Rays have done, you can look it up. I obviously pointed out the small payroll, but also what a great attitude the players have and especially Joe Maddon. I am familiar with the Tampa Bay area and St. Pete is the worst place for a ball park, I don't think that can be stressed enough. Half the population of the metro area lives in Pinnelas and Pasco county, and if you want to get to St. Pete you have to use highway 19 and it is a total mess. It's easier to get to the ball park from Tampa than it is from Clearwater or Palm Harbor. It's been 20 years since I've been down there, but I remember them being huge sports fans down there, lot of transplant New Yorkers and Bostonians also. Good Cuban sandwiches and cheap cigars.

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By: Timothy P. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15443/comment-page-1#comment-160892 Sat, 01 Oct 2011 07:12:17 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15443#comment-160892 I have a saying, See Milwaukee, and want to die!

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