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Scorekeeping: Yunel Escobar’s Situation and Marlon Byrd’s Hustle

Scorekeeping disclaimer: The “Scorekeeping” articles on this blog are not to make libelous claims against anyone for calling out one player for not hustling. It’s an attempt to collect data over a several-year period and take notes on what was said, who said it and why it was said. Before you read this post, know that my intentions aren’t to put the spotlight on broadcasters who use a loaded word, but to see why this word is loaded in our beloved sport and if the claims against it (that terms like “hustle” and “grit” are used primarily in favor of white players and against non-white players) are true.

This isn’t even that scientific of a study and shouldn’t be treated as such.

Read the first Scorekeeping article here and then read the comments for the updates.

Yunel Escobar has been chastised this past week for work ethic, so to update Scorekeeping, here’s what I’ve come across.

Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote an interesting article about Escobar’s lack of hustle. Consider reading Bradley’s full article:

Escobar got thrown out because he watched the flight of the ball and admired his work, as opposed to running hard. The Braves noticed. The Braves always noticed. As one man in the clubhouse said afterward, exasperation in his voice: “He has been told time and time again.”

About the trade: This isn’t an exchange of equal talent. Alex Gonzalez is a serviceable big-league shortstop who played on a World Series winner with Florida in 2003 and delivered the biggest hit — a walk-off homer in Game 4 — of the Series. He’s 33, which means he’s not a long-term answer.

Maybe you noticed this, but it looks like Bradley had a great opportunity to note how big of a “gamer” A-Gon is or how much “grit” A-Gon has in that second paragraph, yet didn’t.

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UPDATE: NL and AL All-Star Team Total WARs (now with B-R and Fangraphs!)

I was just having some fun with WAR numbers (Baseball-References’) and decided to add everything up. The results are pretty interesting.  You’re uh … you’re gonna wanna read to the bottom.




NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTING LINE-UP
Player            WAR
Hanley Ramirez:   2.3
Martin Prado:     2.2
Albert Pujols:    3.4
Ryan Howard:      1.3
Ryan Braun:       1.8
David Wright:     3.9
Andre Ethier:     1.2
Corey Hart:       2.5
Yadier Molina:    0.8

Ubaldo Jimenez:   4.7

AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTING LINE-UP
Player            WAR
Ichiro Suzuki:    2.2
Derek Jeter:      1.1
Miguel Cabrera:   3.7
Josh Hamilton:    2.9
Vladimir Guerrero 1.0
Evan Longoria:    3.9
Joe Mauer:        2.1
Robinson Cano:    4.6
Carl Crawford:    3.4

David Price:      3.1

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The NL Line-Up Once More: Ideal vs. Realistic vs. What We Got

I like how this line-up went from sure-fire awesome to “eh” in about a week.

What the NL ASG starting line-up looked like from voting:

Hanley Ramirez, SS
Chase Utley, 2B
Albert Pujols, 1B
Ryan Braun, LF
Andre Ethier, RF
Jason Heyward, CF
David Wright, 3B
Yadier Molina, C

Not Charlie’s fault Utley and Heyward had to cancel because of injury, so here’s an ideal line-up with ideal replacements:

Hanley Ramirez, SS
Albert Pujols, 1B
Adrian Gonzalez, DH
Ryan Braun, LF
Colby Rasmus/Angel Pagan/Andrew McCutchen, CF
Andre Ethier, RF
David Wright, 3B
Martin Prado, 2B
Yadier Molina, C

And here’s an ideal line-up with the current replacements:

Hanley Ramirez, SS
Albert Pujols
, 1B
Adrian Gonzalez
, DH
Ryan Braun
, LF
Andre Ethier
, RF
David Wright
, 3B
Marlon Byrd/Chris Young, CF
Martin Prado, 2B
Yadier Molina, C

And now, just a reminder, here’s what we got:

Hanley Ramirez, SS
Martin Prado, 2B
Albert Pujols, 1B
Ryan Howard, DH
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Braun, LF
Andre Ethier, CF
Corey Hart, RF
Yadier Molina, C

Charlie Manuel is trolling us all.

E: I’d like to add I have no serious stake in the All-Star game, I find these decisions hilarious.  After all, it’s just an exhibition game.

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Andre Ethier to Start in CF for NL in All-Star Game?

Hanley Ramirez, SS
Martin Prado, 2B
Albert Pujols, 1B
Ryan Howard, DH
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Braun, LF
Andre Ethier, CF
Corey Hart, RF
Yadier Molina, C

That’s the rumor swirling around the NL roster debate today, anyway. Today, the line-ups were posted.

Charlie Manuel has made a few odd decisions, the only parts of which were redeemed by selecting decent players as fill-in for the injured players on the roster. Hong-Chih Kuo and Rafael Furcal were both selected to replace Jose Reyes and Jason Heyward respectively. They’ll join fellow Dodgers Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton, all four of whom were deserving this year, so Dodger fans have nothing to gripe about. However, the NL roster still features several questionable picks.

The ASG rosters were announced a couple weeks ago and the NL outfield featured three men who have no business playing center field: Ethier, Heyward and Ryan Braun. Heyward’s injury creates a hole in the outfield and with three center fielders on the bench (Chris Young, Michael Bourn and Marlon Byrd), you’d figure one of them would be bumped up to starting CF, but nope.

Ethier, if you don’t know, is one of the worst fielders in baseball. Worse than Manny Ramirez, worse than anybody else in right field in baseball, except Carlos Quentin, who splits his time between RF and DH. Ethier makes up for his fielding in RF with his bat, but that’d be questionable in CF.

A friend posted on twitter that this should open the flood gates to vote for the best outfielders by position and I agree. That or put freaking Colby Rasmus on the ASG roster.

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Perhaps the Biggest Anti-Snub to the All-Star Game?

Blah blah blah, I don’t care for the All-Star Game, but I do believe the players should receive some kind of honor for the season they’re having. And heck, if it’s going to matter, the leagues might as well have the best teams possible.

With that in mind, the National League’s starting catcher is literally the worst starting catcher in baseball. On offense, anyway. Cardinals fans stuffed the ballot to put the worst offensive catcher in baseball not only on the All-Star roster, but to have him start.

The great irony of this is the starting outfield for the NL is Ryan Braun, Jason Heyward and Andre Ethier. While I admit I don’t know much about Heyward’s defense, Ethier and Braun are both awful and the outfield noteably lacks a centerfielder. Huh, if only St. Louis fans had voted for a centerfielder deserving of starting at the All-Star Game ….

You can argue that Molina is the best defensive catcher in baseball, and you’d have a good point. Only problem is catcher defense is still being figured out and it’s unknown how many runs saved Molina is worth–and it’d have to be a lot–to balance out his atrocious offense.

Miguel Olivo, Geovany Soto, Nick Hundley and Carlos Ruiz all stand out as snubs. Colby Rasmus is probably the biggest outfield snub. Joey Votto and Rafael Furcal were the biggest infield snubs. The whole NL is hilarious, with Ryan Howard and Omar Infante on the roster. Chances the NL wins this? It’ll be a big upset if they do, that’s for sure.

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