Prince Albert Pujols, he reigneth

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Polyp and others,

I will enthrall and delight all of you with my fascinating observations in a week or so. I am leaving the keys to the ILB office with Barry and Felicity. Be easy on them!

Steve Shasta
East Coast Wakeboarding Representative

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 10 May 2006 23:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Catch a wave and you're sittin' on top of the world!

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 11 May 2006 00:18 (thirteen years ago) link

Why must I be called "polyp". How unfortunate.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Thursday, 11 May 2006 06:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Top Five NL First Basemen, by VORP

1. Albert Pujols STL .362 35.2
2. Nick Johnson WAS .326 17.7
3. Lance Berkman HOU .316 17.4
4. Nomar Garciaparra LAN .337 16.7
5. Carlos Delgado NYN .305 15.7

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Monday, 22 May 2006 14:29 (thirteen years ago) link

The first number is EqA, the second is VORP.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Monday, 22 May 2006 14:30 (thirteen years ago) link

NOMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 22 May 2006 14:36 (thirteen years ago) link

I had the same reaction!

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Monday, 22 May 2006 14:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Besides the "holy shit, Pujols is twice as good as all these other star first basemen" reaction, of course.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Monday, 22 May 2006 14:59 (thirteen years ago) link

That's only because Derrek Lee broke his wrist though (batting .318/.448/.614 at the time of his injury).

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Monday, 22 May 2006 15:58 (thirteen years ago) link

steve shasta = david wells, gimme my $5.

hstencil (hstencil), Monday, 22 May 2006 15:59 (thirteen years ago) link

There's a great chart in the new Sport Illustrated... actually, it's in my trashcan let me dig it out:

Okay, the title of the chart is "Projected All-time HR Leaders using Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA Forecasting Tool":

1. Barry Bonds - 765
2. Hank Aaron - 755
3. Babe Ruth - 714
4. Alex Rodriguez - 678
5. Willie Mays - 660
6. Adam Dunn - 638
7. Ken Griffey Jr. - 637
8. Albert Pujols - 620
9. Manny Ramirez - 589
10. Sammy Sosa - 588

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Monday, 22 May 2006 16:21 (thirteen years ago) link

#1 Evil, cheating steroid abuser: ON DA JUICE!!!111
#2 Godlike baseball immortal
#3 Godlike baseball immortal
#4 One of the Good guys: Pure talent, this guy has what it takes to win
#5 Godlike baseball immortal
#6 One of the Good guys: Pure talent, this guy has what it takes to win
#7 One of the Good guys: Pure talent, this guy has what it takes to win
#8 One of the Good guys: Pure talent, this guy has what it takes to win
#9 One of the Good guys: Pure talent, this guy has what it takes to win
#10 Evil, cheating steroid abuser: ON DA JUICE!!!111

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Monday, 22 May 2006 16:28 (thirteen years ago) link

Also in that edition:

Albert Pujols article: Albert is the new, clean face of baseball heroes. Albert upset about any steroid allegations, upset at his disputed age allegations. Meanwhile, he's on pace to shatter a record that only Evil, cheating steroid abusers (Bonds, McGwire, Sosa) have been able to accomplish!

Barry Bonds: Increasingly poor production (.971 OPS?), agonizing march to overtake Ruth (3 HRs in 4 weeks of April vs. 3 HRs in 3 weeks of May to date!?!?!?), more of Verducci's declining and agonizing analysis.

Justin Gaitlin: FASTEST MAN ON THE PLANET!!! Meet the brand new 100m world record holder!!! Never mind that he tested positive for PEDs 3 years ago and received and served a year suspension!!!! Nevermind that his trainer and coach is the man who first was caught with an HGH/BALCO affiliated designer steroid syringe, setting off a wave of baseball-centric federal drug investigation... Nevermind all that, boy is this guy fast!!!

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Monday, 22 May 2006 16:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Yawn.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:26 (thirteen years ago) link

xp - I thought everyone still hated A-Rod for being pretty and not clutch.

milo z (mlp), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Alex are you going to any of the STL games?

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:28 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah I've also heard them be down on Manny Ramirez and Adam Dunn too, but hey I don't live in Shasta-land.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:28 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm not actually! I kind of wish I had ticks. I saw 'em last year.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:29 (thirteen years ago) link

a-rod's pretty?

otto midnight (otto midnight), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:34 (thirteen years ago) link

pretty shitty amirite?

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:39 (thirteen years ago) link

he's pretty... pretty clutch.

Also Adam Dunn has got to be one of the greatest power hitters of all time.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Will Adam Dunn end up being Boog Powell or Harmon Killebrew?

I'm wondering how Teixeira fares, if he signs long-term to play in the AL Coors.

milo z (mlp), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:44 (thirteen years ago) link

i hope adam dunn starts to hit for average, in between whiffing and homering.

gear (gear), Monday, 22 May 2006 18:45 (thirteen years ago) link

You forgot walking, gear. If he can just maintain a .250-.260 BA, his value will still be off the charts.

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 22 May 2006 18:48 (thirteen years ago) link

He's the Rob Deer 5000 -- new and improved model.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Monday, 22 May 2006 21:08 (thirteen years ago) link

Nah, Wily Mo is the Nu-Rob Deer.

Dunn is the true three outcomes master: K, BB, HR.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Monday, 22 May 2006 21:18 (thirteen years ago) link

i wish he'd get up to .260!

gear (gear), Monday, 22 May 2006 21:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Wait PECOTA actually thinks Adam Dunn is going to hit 600 home runs? Isn't Adam Dunn the poster-child for old player skills? Doesn't that usually = pretty short career?

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 22 May 2006 22:06 (thirteen years ago) link

That said his baseball-reference comparables through 25 look pretty good although to be fair I'm not sure anyone other than Killebrew on this list is a particularly good comparison (and I doubt this is the list of comparables PECOTA came up with):

Darryl Strawberry (927)
Reggie Jackson (926) *
Jose Canseco (918)
Troy Glaus (909)
Tom Brunansky (902)
Juan Gonzalez (901)
Boog Powell (901)
Rocky Colavito (891)
Tony Conigliaro (890)
Harmon Killebrew (883) *

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 22 May 2006 22:22 (thirteen years ago) link

I'd compare him to Todd Helton: he plays in a crackerjack box 81 games a year.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Monday, 22 May 2006 22:27 (thirteen years ago) link

His home road splits are pretty extreme for his career IIRC.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 22 May 2006 22:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Powell, Colavito, Conigliaro are all valid comparison - big, lumbering dudes with a ton of power but not necessarily staying potential.

IIRC, Boog is one of PECOTA's top comparables (as are Killer and Glaus)

milo z (mlp), Monday, 22 May 2006 22:38 (thirteen years ago) link

his three-year home/road splits aren't that bad: .836 away/.902 home

milo z (mlp), Monday, 22 May 2006 22:41 (thirteen years ago) link

what happened to helton? guy's turned into dave magadan.

gear (gear), Monday, 22 May 2006 22:46 (thirteen years ago) link

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INSANE CLOWN FOSSE (Adrian Langston), Friday, 26 May 2006 17:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Babe Ruth hit his 25th homerun on June 30th in his definitive 1927 60-HR season (*154 games).

Pujols is a month and a day ahead of Babe Ruth's pace.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 16:23 (thirteen years ago) link

Ruth's pace is misleading -- didn't he hit 17 homers in September that year?

Comparing to Sosa/McGwire 1998 or Bonds 2001 is more revealing. I think he's ahead of everyone's pace though.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 16:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Nah, he's behind McGwire and Bonds.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 16:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Straight average:

25/51*162 = 79.41

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 16:50 (thirteen years ago) link

That would be quite a lot of home runs, but I'm pretty sure the .41 wouldn't count.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 16:59 (thirteen years ago) link

that would be a double

gear (gear), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 17:19 (thirteen years ago) link

tagged out stretching a single into a double.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 17:21 (thirteen years ago) link

albert got greedy

gear (gear), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 17:24 (thirteen years ago) link

BASTARD

Haikunym (Haikunym), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 17:31 (thirteen years ago) link

He did the Willy Mays Hayes spring training slide into 2nd.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 19:01 (thirteen years ago) link


he straineth his oblique! Shasta don't hafta sell his "73" jewelry now.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 18:16 (thirteen years ago) link

It's the sign that 36 year old body is breaking down!

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 20:07 (thirteen years ago) link

yes, it's extremely normal for 25 year old athletes to strain their oblique muscles circling under routine pop-ups.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 7 June 2006 02:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah quirky injuries only happen to old guys.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 7 June 2006 04:10 (thirteen years ago) link

I strain my back standing up, for fuck's sake! (But I do drink Playa's Coffee.)

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 7 June 2006 10:14 (thirteen years ago) link

just a little guy named steve sax up next on that list

jk, next up is babe ruth

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Saturday, 22 June 2019 21:18 (one month ago) link


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