Comments on: Miguel Cabrera http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: rohit http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965/comment-page-1#comment-96864 Sat, 26 Feb 2011 14:06:37 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9965#comment-96864 Oregon baseball notebook: George Horton expects new bats to bring scores down, put a premium on small-ball.....

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965/comment-page-1#comment-95471 Sat, 19 Feb 2011 08:38:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9965#comment-95471 @29, Randy -- Thanks for the kind words at the end.

As to Straw's day-night splits, I'm certainly open to seeing some evidence that late night carousing harmed his day-game performance. But what I see there looks random; even if we put aside the sample-size issue, only 2 seasons are significantly below his overall OPS (1986 & '91), and they're offset by 2 years significantly above (1985 & '89).

I am by no means saying that substance abuse didn't impact Strawberry's career; that would be silly. All I'm saying is that, although we love to see things in black-and-white ("Strawberry should have been a Hall of Famer" / "Booze and drugs destroyed his career"), nine times out of ten the reality is much more nuanced.

Straw was probably not going to have a HOF career even without the addictions, because he had injury problems from an early stage; from age 22-29, he missed an average of 21 games a year, and once the back problems hit him, he was unlikely ever to be a full-time player again. On the other hand, "destroyed his career" is also too strong, since even after the suspensions, Darryl was able to make important contributions to two championship clubs, the 1996 and '98 Yankees.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965/comment-page-1#comment-95467 Sat, 19 Feb 2011 08:12:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9965#comment-95467 Thomas, @4: "alcohol, while it can be bad (drinking and driving and such) isn't really in the same league as cocaine."
-- I can't imagine what you mean, since on a purely statistical basis, alcohol abuse is far more damaging to our society -- many times more people abuse alcohol than cocaine, causing many times more deaths (to themselves and others) and many times more emotional harm.

@35: "Who's to say Strawberry's injury problems weren't a direct result of being on cocaine?"
-- And who's to say they weren't caused by voodoo? Until you show a connection between cocaine use and lower-back problems, such speculation is pointless.

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By: Frank Clingenpeel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965/comment-page-1#comment-95283 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:11:07 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9965#comment-95283 My only question is whether Cabrera will go the way of Ruth {see my post #20}, or the way of Hack wilson, who let alcohol burn him out way too early. Alcohol abuse is a major issue, however; and my hope is that Cabrera can become a shining example of someone who can overcome this demon.

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By: Mike Felber http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965/comment-page-1#comment-95203 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:01:55 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9965#comment-95203 But when you say compare favorably, those words can only mean what you did not intend & is false; better than the other guy. Better to say that Cabrera has put up an offensive performance in the same ballpark as a Pujols or Robinson.

Ruth was so much more talented than his peers that it is not a useful comparison.
Plus he got serious with training & with the influence of his 2nd wife, & had no more self created Manager or health related problems after '25.

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By: Thomas http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965/comment-page-1#comment-95009 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 01:42:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9965#comment-95009 Who's to say Strawberry's injury problems weren't a direct result of being on cocaine?

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By: OutOfLeftField http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965/comment-page-1#comment-95005 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 01:38:17 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9965#comment-95005 @9. Re: Trosky's migraines. I was looking at his player page and thinking he couldn't get back his form after the war. Except that his slide actually started a year or two before the war. So, I was wondering what really happened.

Thanks David for clearing that up.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965/comment-page-1#comment-94976 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:34:09 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9965#comment-94976 Pujols is on his most similar through Age 27 list...they compare favorably if you look at Pujols through Age 27. By "favorably" I don't mean that Cabrera has been better--just that they have been very roughly on par.

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By: Owen http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965/comment-page-1#comment-94972 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:30:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9965#comment-94972 Not to get on you as you said that you put the blog together quickly, but how exactly has Miggy compared favorably to Pujols? Not to discount his ridiculous start to his career and I agree he compares to Pujols, just not favorably.

http://www.fangraphs.com/graphsw.aspx?playerid2=1177&playerid3=1744&playerid4=&playerid5=

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By: Nash Bruce http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9965/comment-page-1#comment-94945 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 21:40:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9965#comment-94945 oops, Andy. Of course I meant, "man".....:) (Typo)

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