While scrolling through my twitter feed the other day, a tweet about a specific topic caught my attention. The topic, which I will reveal in the following paragraphs, has been a major point of contention for much of the MLB season, and I personally have been adamantly on one side of the debate. Others, such as the author of the tweet, have found ways to talk around negative storylines, becoming apologists for the team(s) that they cover. Whether or not you believe that team reporters should have the backs of the teams they cover is irrelevant; they should still be reporting the truth. In extreme situations such as this, writers will find ways to twist the truth and then follow that up by responding to fans’ comments with a snarky, condescending attitude. Having been on the receiving end of a reporter’s frustrations about being questioned, I am here to set the record straight on a recent topic of debate in the world of the MLB.
Continuing with my “Blind Comparisons” series, today I will compare two different sets of position players, a pair of outfielders and a pair of first baseman. Like before, I will list some select statistics that paint a general picture of each player, followed by a brief analysis of the two. Feel free to decide which player you would prefer; there is no right or wrong answer. I do this exercise simply to demonstrate that there are reasonable alternatives to some of the more household names around the MLB. In name, choosing one over the other may be an easy choice, but based on production, the gap between the two is closed considerably. At the end of this article, I will list the names of the four players along with the teams that they play for. Continue reading Blind Comparisons: May 26th, 2016
An activity I like to do, and that I will likely post to this blog periodically, is to take two unnamed players and compare them statistically. This allows the reader to create an unbiased opinion of each, to see which is the better player, which is the riskier player, or simply who they would rather have on their team. It is a concept that can apply to real-life player analysis (though not completely accurate without providing a pitch repertoire), or to make simple fantasy team decisions. So without further delay, here are the stats of the two players who I have chosen to compare today, both right-handed pitchers.