Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Yippee-Ki-Yay! Mini Sirloin Burgers!

It's gotten so bad, the LA Times' Helene Elliott has to write puff piece valentines on players from division rivals to the Dodgers. Sigh.

If David Eckstein is right, if players like him are an endangered species because computer-generated calculations can't quantify the value of hustling and the little things he does so well, baseball will be the poorer for it.

If there's no room for someone like the San Diego Padres' second baseman, the ultimate little guy with a big heart and a winning influence on every team whose dirt-stained uniform he has worn, the sport will lose a piece of its soul.

"The style of game I play is definitely well against all the new-age baseball guys. A place in this game is not going to be very long for me, the way I play, because it's not what everyone that's getting power would want to see," he said.

"They want to see the numbers. They want to see stuff that translates on paper. I don't translate to paper."

Go ahead, SoSG fans. Tell us other things that don't translate to paper, please.

original Eckstein photo from Scott Rovak / EPA

28 comments:

Mr. Customer said...

Actually, MSB translates on paper just fine. An Eckstein is a cornerstone, auf Deutsch (he said, noting the irony with satisfaction.)

MR. F said...

Oh puh-leaze. We're not in the steroid era anymore. Home runs are down (at least by cursory glance). Without knowing how good his defense is, he has a career OPS+ of 87 (and a solid career .346 OBP). Below average, but good enough to be a major leaguer.

Mr. Customer said...

His defense is fair, but his range is terrible.

MR. F said...

Ah. Still. I think MSB has MSB-syndrome.

Jason said...

Was it MSB what was actually on third base for the infamous Eric Gregg-cheeseburger incident of 1988?

Josh S. said...

Paper? Who still uses paper to track stats? Get with the times, Grandpa Eck!

Green Lantern JBJ of Sector 1138 said...

when i put a penny under a piece of paper and try to lightly draw on it with a pencil it doesnt translate well.

Mark said...

Juan Pierre doesn't look good on paper. He doesn't look too good in a baseball game either.

Steve Sax said...

@ Mr. Customer 10:20a: In German, "papier" translates to paper.

karina said...

Guys, I read a wonderful column about the futility of stats on Sunday, if you're interested, I'll translate it

Mr. Customer said...

@sax

This is true, though somewhat less ironic.

Josh S. said...

Does it translate to paper, Karina?

Fred's Brim said...

Kenji Nimura translates to people

Mr. Customer said...

@FB

I did not know that.

Mr. Customer said...

Wait, yes I did, but he doesn't really translate on paper.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm sure Nimura could translate on paper if he wanted. It's just too tedious.

rbnlaw said...

Decent comeback by Arsenal against Spurs so far.

4-1 for the good guys.

Mr. Customer said...

That was quick! It was knotted at 1 when I left the pub.

rbnlaw said...

Good news for Mr. C:
Everton out of the Carling Cup on PK's.

rbnlaw said...

Mr. C:
2 penalties within minutes, then Arshavin slots home a winner.

Dean said...

The perennial lament of the 35 year-old journeyman is that baseball just won't be the same without guys like me (so sign me!!!!)

Mr. Customer said...

Filthy toffees! Good riddance.

karina said...

@Josh S if it doesn't translate to paper is because I suck

;)

MR. F said...

Fantasy football question:
Is Michael Vick worth picking up on waivers when I have Aaron Rodgers and #6/10 waiver priority?

Mr. Customer said...

@Mr. F
I'd say no, but I guess it would really depend on who you would be cutting. Rogers has got to be your go-to guy.

MR. F said...

Yeah same. I'd probably drop Mark Sanchez, my current back-up QB. But it's not a huge hole..

Mr. Customer said...

I'd keep the mediocre guy without QB controversy for sure.

MR. F said...

Thanks, Mr. C.