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Monday, March 22, 2004

Aid and Comfort

Baseball Prospectus has some fine writing, but, as seems the case with so many, their 2004 issue takes cheap shots at Dan Evans without bothering to actually perform even the most rudimentary analysis of the payroll situation he was faced with, slamming him for failing to get
league average production up-the-middle and a .300 EqA at one of the corners. ... What he has done is replace mediocrities like Eric Karros, Mark Grudzielanek, and Marquis Grissom, but rarely has he improved upon them.
Okay, smarty pants, show me the guys you would have acquired with only $5-6 million free payroll space, a corporate overlord committed only to selling the team, and a farm system in resurgence but not quite productive enough to bring up any quality bats? In case anybody was wondering why I take the advice of so many "sabermetricians" with whole licks of salt, it's because of half-cocked analyses like this one. And to think, I'm paying these guys for this ... the mind boggles.

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