BASEBALL SABERMETRICS CHART
Traditionally, most sports fans have received the news about their favorite sports team via newspapers, through beat reporters. However, as Mark Cuban pointed out recently, reporters are ALWAYS the “dumbest people in the room.”
With New Media there is always the opportunity to learn things you didn’t know before. For instance, the blog “Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness” just ran a post congratulating recently released Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Garret Anderson for having the “Worst offensive season in Los Angeles Dodgers history.”
COURTESY MIKE SCIOSCIA’S TRAGIC ILLNESS
MSTI then breaks out the sabermetrics chart to PROVE what a horrible piece of crap season Anderson was having. Sure, there was the guy who hit .139 with one homer and 15 RBI all year while playing catcher for for the 1909 Brooklyn Superbas, but since the Dodgers moved to L.A. in ’58, Garret Anderson is the worst hitter they’ve ever had. Before he was released, Anderson tallied a .181 batting average and a .204 on-base percentage. Anderson’s slugging percentage was a brutal .271. He had two home runs and just one stolen base in 80 games and 163 plate appearances.
Previously, in baseball history, no newspaper would have detailed Anderson’s failures so graphically. It’s not like The Sporting News in 1942 would have brutalized a nice guy like Anderson with such an article.
Welcome to today’s new world of media.
GARRET ANDERSON DROPPED THE BALL AS DODGERS OUTFIELDER