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I run down a list of the worst 10 hitters sorted by OPS+ that hit at least 25 home runs in a season. I hope you like Tony Batista, because whoa.
7. Andruw Jones, Atlanta Braves, 2007, 26 HR, 87 OPS+
Jones’ lack of productivity, even with power, is forgivable depending on how you rate his defense in center field. And even in 2007, by most metrics, Jones was still a solid plus in center field. This was, however, the downturn in Jones’ career as a hitter.
Did I mention Tony Batista? Because Tony Batista.
Otis makes good, solid sense with his take on Sandoval’s weight issues.
And that’s the problem. We can’t really know what caused the terrible season, and it could come and go as it pleases, especially if the problem was mainly mental. If Sandoval were a 10-year veteran, we would be pretty well-assured that he has the mental fortitude to pull himself back up after a down season. But he’s a 24-year-old kid who rode a rocket to the big leagues and found success probably before he knew how to deal with it.
I’m looking forward to Sandoval’s 2011 season, and I really hope he’ll be able to turn things around. He was just too much fun to watch between 2008-09.
It turns out that Otis is a demented pop-up loving freak.
I love pop flies. That’s not a normal thing, even for a huge baseball fan to say. I know that. But I love watching good pitching, and inducing popups is good pitching.
Gross. This man needs help. However, he makes a good point in that pop-ups are rarely as sexy as strikeouts and control, but they are important slices of the pitcher pie.
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