Y’know, I wasn’t gonna do this, but after scouring the Facebooks I think I’ve amassed a good list of comments to poke fun at. Rather than plow through them all, let’s focus on two. The names have been removed to protect the innocent.
Let’s start with this one:
Shin-Soo Choo BA .285 in 2013 for the Reds with 21 HR & 54 RBIs. signed with the Rangers for $18.6M a season for 7 years. That’s Alfonso Soriano 2013 money! BA .255 HR 34 RBIs 101. Still think that Soriano trade to the Yankees was horrible as we got nobody in return to watch Bogusuckit play.
As you may have heard, the Texas Rangers recently agreed to terms with Shin-Soo Choo for a seven-year, $130MM contract after Choo rejected a similar offer from the New York Yankees (something about income taxes not existing in Texas, but probably more to do with the fact that the Yankees are old as hell and don’t have as solid of a pitching staff or offense). Now let’s talk about several things that are wrong with that comment.
1. The use of batting average and RBIs, which modern baseball statisticians stay away from because they just aren’t reliable predictors of future success.
2. The fact that Choo and Alfonso Soriano are two completely different players (and I don’t mean their handedness). Choo is being paid because he has incredible on-base skills, something Fonsi doesn’t have. Choo is also not relying on speed, so his on-base skillset should last longer than Fonsi’s speed (which sadly went POOF after his various leg injuries).
3. The change in baseball economics due to the new infusion of money (MLB revenues are insane now) and general inflation. Choo is probably not going to make as much in true value as Fonsi did when he signed the contract with the Cubs before the 2007 season.
4. Brian Bogusevic didn’t actually suck, putting up a line of .273/.323/.462 in limited playing time.
Let’s move to the second comment, which stems from when I posted this article about pitcher head protection…
Pitchers wearing protection. I wish baseball was played like it was in the 1900’s.
If I did take one, hopefully I’m alright but it comes with the job. That makes Millions of dollars to face fear.
This will be fun. Apparently this guy thinks that getting paid lots of money means that you should just suck it up and take the risk that a line drive to the head could really fuck you up. One step at a time with this comment…
1. 1900s? You mean, when most pitchers pitched to contact, hitters couldn’t hit as many home runs, and black folks couldn’t play? Yeah, I bet those were fun times.
2. This comment literally suggested that you should sign away your neurological well-being just because you get paid millions of dollars. No! Pitchers get paid millions of dollars to get OUTS, not get KNOCKED OUT.
3. You’re probably not going to enjoy those millions of dollars very much when you’re brain dead.
Internet, you never cease to amaze me.