Yordan Alvarez: The Greek God of "I'm the Best Hitter on the Planet Right Now"

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Even though his team's out, and even though Aroldis Garcia stole much of his postseason thunder, he just might be.

He's not eligible for leaderboards yet, but here's where he'd sit on the active OPS+ list if he were:

1. Trout - 173
2. Alvarez - 165 (14th all-time)
3. Judge - 164
4. Soto - 157
5. Votto - 144
6. Goldschmidt - 143
7. Harper - 143
8. Freeman - 142
9. Acuna - 141
10. Betts - 138

Removed Cabrera, which gets Betts on there.

He's not the all-around force that Acuna and Betts are, doesn't have Judge's power, isn't as metronomically consistent as Freeman or Goldschmidt. But it feels like he's just entering his prime now, and I wouldn't be shocked if he were to win a Triple Crown in the next few years. An Astro that I think even Astro-haters like. The beauty of his swing and his postseason heroics add to his stature.

https://i.postimg.cc/Fsw0t5X7/yordan.jpg

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 18:09 (four months ago) link

I don't know if Votto's done or not; if you take him off, Matt Olson and Giancarlo Stanton are both at 137.

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 18:14 (four months ago) link

Sotto Voce...Soto Votto!

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 20:06 (four months ago) link

He is a massive injury liability.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 24 October 2023 20:19 (four months ago) link

Always a risk with big DH/1B-types (even though he's in left when he plays the field). Has already lost at least 50 games to injuries.

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 20:27 (four months ago) link

I mean, probably could have started the same thread about Stanton after his MVP year. So I get that.

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 20:31 (four months ago) link

read this as "best hitler" every fucking time

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 25 October 2023 09:17 (four months ago) link

Your favourite misread ILX thread titles!

no gap tree for old men (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 25 October 2023 09:24 (four months ago) link

well I don't know about "favourite"

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 25 October 2023 09:31 (four months ago) link

I have nothing to add except my general agreement that the man is a stud and I fear his bat

#1 GarcĂ­a Fan (H.P), Wednesday, 25 October 2023 10:18 (four months ago) link

You gave me a start--I do leave typos all over the place here.

clemenza, Wednesday, 25 October 2023 11:35 (four months ago) link

Also, I left out Ohtani from the Top 10, duh, similarly not enough AB for bREF lists. He's at 148, which would put him fifth.

clemenza, Wednesday, 25 October 2023 11:38 (four months ago) link

Following up on the WS thread, where I compared Alvarez to Frank Thomas, the gap is a wider than I thought at first, tribute to how unbelievable Thomas was his first few years. Alvarez will still get better, though, I think.

Through age-26 season:

Alvarez: .295/.390/.588, 165 OPS+, 43 HR/162 games, 6.1 bWAR/162 games
Thomas: .326/.449/.591, 184 OPS+, 36 HR/162 games, 6.6 bWAR/162 games

Ted Williams' OPS + through his age-27 season (including 1941, and extended by a year because of the war) was 195. Frank Thomas was closer to Ted Williams than Yordan Alvarez is to Frank Thomas.

clemenza, Saturday, 28 October 2023 23:10 (three months ago) link

Omg this thread title

Preach The Crapen (flamboyant goon tie included), Saturday, 28 October 2023 23:19 (three months ago) link

Gushing fan hyperbole, based on a famous description of Kevin Youkilis. Alvarez is actually about as quiet and modest as it gets, from what I've seen.

clemenza, Saturday, 28 October 2023 23:35 (three months ago) link


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