Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Off To A Great Start: Austin Jackson

Most of the attention surrounding the Detroit Tigers this year has revolved around the trio of Cabrera, Fielder, and Verlander. However, perhaps no player has been more important to the team than Austin Jackson. He is truly having a remarkable breakout season at age 25, hitting at a .314/.397/.514 clip and leading the AL in triples with 8. Although he spent some time on the DL earlier in the year, he has still managed to put up 4.2 WAR according to b-r.com, and is on pace for about 5.9 at season's end. Somewhat surprisingly, he had already put up 4.8 WAR in each of his first two seasons, primarily due to his center field defense. This gives him three seasons at the start of his career with 4+ WAR, something only ten other players have ever done. Read on to see the list:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Getting On Without Getting Hits

Players with BA less than .240 and OBP greater than .350 (min. 3000 PAs):

1 Eddie Lake .231 .366 3199 599 546
2 Eddie Joost .239 .361 6789 1339 1043
3 Wayne Garrett .239 .350 3917 786 561
4 Joe Ferguson .240 .358 3624 719 562
Generated 8/5/2012.

Lake was an 11-year infielder who played for the Cardinals, Red Sox, and Tigers from 1939-1950. He drew over 100 walks from 1945-47; in 1945 he led the AL in OBP at .412, receiving MVP votes for his efforts.

Joost was a 17-year veteran shortstop who came into his own with the Philadelphia Athletics in the late 1940s. He drew over 100 walks each season from 1947 to 1952. He was an all-star in '49 and '52, and received MVP votes 5 times.

Garrett played 10 seasons in the big leagues at third base, mostly with the New York Mets. He played in the 1969 and 1973 World Series with the Amazins', hitting two homers and drawing five walks in the latter.

Ferguson spent 14 seasons behind the plate, primarily with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played in the 1974 and 1978 World Series with LA, and in 1973 he received MVP votes with a career best 25 homers and 88 RBI.