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Sheldon Ocker - Why do I bother?

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Maybe a fanpost but I didn't want to give it too much weight. I made the mistake of reading Ocker tonight. Instead of otherwise enjoying my evening, I got all bent out of shape and fired off the letter to him below=> Sheldon, I stopped reading your stuff years ago because besides not really adding much value, you’re kind of bitter and well, mean. I caught a headline out of the corner of my eye on Ohio.com today and unfortunately got sucked in. The headline said "Garko finds few fans in front office". Now this I had to see because, for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out who it was that loved this guy so damn much and kept playing him. Ryan Garko is and was a very, very average major league baseball player who was just about to get expensive. As far as first baseman go, he was okay at getting on base, was below average as a power hitter and was a complete butcher with a glove. He was the poster boy for a replaceable asset. In spite of this Wedgie kept trotting him out there and even tried him in the outfield; an unmitigated disaster. Playing Ryan Garko for 7 of the first 12 starts of fly-ball prone rookie pitcher David Huff alone should have been grounds for Eric’s dismissal. So your argument was that he should have played more? What?! Are you watching the same player and why are you getting paid to do so? That was stupefying enough but you went beyond that and used the ultimate idiot stat - RBI’s to justify it. Sheldon, if you put enough people in base in front of a blind monkey, RBI's result. I’m not even sure why I am even trying to explain this to you so I will just use one prime exhibit. Joe Carter hit .232 in 1990 with a .290 OBP and a .391 SLG average. Add the OBP and the SLG. as I’m sure Pluto will explain to you, leads to a .681 OPS. Admittedly ignoring historical context is, this mark is roughly over a hundred points below what Jamey Carrol (Jamey Carrol!) is producing for the Indians today. In that year of 1990, Joe drove in 115 runs and therefore probably got your MVP vote. Here’s the rub Shellie, Jamey Carrol might have driven more runs that year if he would have replaced Joe and he would have gotten your MVP vote. Why? Plain and simple - because he had a surfeit of runners on when he came to the plate. Hitting ahead of him that year with there OBP’s were Bip Roberts .375, Roberto Alomar .340 and Tony Gwynn .357. Joe was the proverbial blind squirrel who found the nut but you would have been lauding him. Shellie, if you are not going to know anything about the game that you are paid to know something about, please just go home and yell at the neighborhood kids and please stay there. PS Good point about Marte playing out of position but you miss the bigger point which is why is Marte playing every other game? If you want to find out if he’s real, do you do so by sitting him and playing Giminez ad-absurdum?

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