August 31, 2007
It's interesting to see that sentiment coming from an actual big-league player, because similar feelings were behind my starting this blog back in 2002. Along with simply wanting to write for an audience, I was frustrated by the level of Twins coverage available from mainstream outlets. Too often I found myself wondering where the evidence was for a statement someone made or questioning an opinion that seemed illogical. It's great to know that Neshek thinks I've provided a valuable alternative.
For example if Aaron Gleeman would write something with the headline "The League is Figuring Him Out" I know he would have concrete stats detailing things like BA during second time facing player, 3rd time, 6th time, 100th time. I know he would then go out and do some crazy statistic adding up the entire leagues 2nd, 3rd, 4th at bats against me and lay it out and I would read it and go man, this guy is right.
On top of Nick Punto being the worst hitter in all of baseball, you've got to think that few players in the sport's history have failed on more bunt attempts during a single season. In most cases a hitter would seemingly either begin to actually lay the bunts down successfully or cease being asked to do so on a regular basis, but somehow neither scenario has played out with Punto.
Neshek and his fellow relievers apparently took great offense to repeated taunts of "you guys probably hit only marginally better than Punto," which was obviously uncalled for.
Some loudmouthed fans gave members of the Twins bullpen a hard time early in the series. Twins players responded by dousing the fans with water.
Ross apparently wasn't very good at math back then.
I would like to dedicate this award to a young man who has been on my mind for the last 19 years: Ross. Ross didn't love me. I was pigeon-toed, I had a sway back, I was slightly cross-eyed, buck-toothed, I sucked my thumb. Look at me now, Ross! Look at me now! He promised that if I kissed him he would choose me for baseball ... I was still chosen last. I never trusted men again.
The man is truly a legend.
A popular sentiment among veteran sportswriters when something like VORP gets brought up is to say, "I have no idea what that is, but I'd never pay attention to it." That stance has always fascinated me, because it's essentially bragging about being ignorant and trying to impress people by your lack of an open mind. Heyman isn't quite at that level with the above comments, but it still reveals plenty about his personality and analytical ability. It also makes me (and Neshek!) less likely to value his opinion.
I am more interested in "wins created" than runs created. And the day I consider VORP is the day I get out of the business. The idea of the MVP is to honor the player who has had the biggest positive impact on the pennant races.
If Gardenhire ever made a comment like that about a player under the age of 30 it's likely that it wouldn't end up quoted in a newspaper anyway, because all the reporters on hand surely would have fainted.
This kid's going to be a real prized pitcher in the big leagues. It appears at this point that we asked a little much. It's a tough task for a kid one year out of college. But he's got so much ability. He's going to be a prize.
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