Comments on: Checking in on Robinson Cano and Kelly Johnson http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Steve Lombardi http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895/comment-page-1#comment-41264 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:03:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7895#comment-41264 Dave - Mauer was a career .332 hitter in the minors with an OBA over .400. So, nothing he does in the majors surprises me.

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By: LJF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895/comment-page-1#comment-41151 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:38:10 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7895#comment-41151 Point of emphasis on #9. It would be the first time an AL second baseman led the league in WAR since '74. Morgan ('75 & 76), Sandberg ('84) and Biggio ('96) have all lead the NL in WAR since then.

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By: Dave V. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895/comment-page-1#comment-41137 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:17:53 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7895#comment-41137 More on Cano - if he keeps his pace up and hits his projected stats, I believe he would enter the Top 10 for Total Bases for a 2B in a single season (with 355).

Also, if he maintains his WAR lead amongst all position players in the American League, he would be the first 2B to be atop that category since 1974 (when Bobby Grich finished in a 1st place tie with Reggie Jackson).

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By: Dave V. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895/comment-page-1#comment-41127 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 18:55:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7895#comment-41127 I think its pretty uncalled for to allude to illegal substances for Cano. Cano was only 22 when called up from the minors, so for his minor league stats, you're talking about a pretty young guy who hadn't finished developing. Some guys are amazing in the minors at age 18-21 but a lot aren't. And its not like Cano was stinking up the minors either.

Joe Mauer had 9 HR in 1228 minor league AB's. He had 28 HR's last season. Miguel Cabrera had 28 HR in 1597 minor league AB's. Not everyone is a superstar right from the get-go.

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By: Steve Lombardi http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895/comment-page-1#comment-41060 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 17:01:17 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7895#comment-41060 KenH - Sadly, nothing would shock me these days.

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By: barkfart http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895/comment-page-1#comment-41042 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:37:46 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7895#comment-41042 oh, a granderson stab- I LOVE it. Detroit pulled off one of the most one-sided trades in years!

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By: KenH http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895/comment-page-1#comment-41031 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:25:59 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7895#comment-41031 Flying to Central America for `B-12`shots.

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By: Steve Lombardi http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895/comment-page-1#comment-41029 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:22:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7895#comment-41029 Kevin Long does work hard. But, if he was that good, then Curtis Granderson would be leading the league in hitting too, no? 😉

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By: MikefromQueens http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895/comment-page-1#comment-41009 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:55:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7895#comment-41009 Kevin Long the hitting instructor.

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By: Steve Lombardi http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7895/comment-page-1#comment-40959 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:26:24 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7895#comment-40959 The thing with Cano that always amazes me is his minor league stats.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
2001 18 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A- NYY 59 241 14 2 3 36 28 29 .231 .328 .361
2002 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A- NYY 135 599 25 10 15 81 33 86 .276 .319 .437
2003 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA NYY 136 571 25 4 6 63 26 65 .277 .322 .374
2004 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA NYY 135 563 29 10 13 74 42 67 .283 .339 .457
2005 22 Columbus IL AAA NYY 24 114 8 3 4 24 6 13 .333 .368 .574
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/23/2010.

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How does a guy who was a .280 hitter in the minors (with so-so power) go on to hit like he has in the majors?

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