Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Getting a Bit Ahead of Ourselves, Aren't We?

Coming into 2006, in three seasons, Jose Reyes' OPS+: 82.

His .749 OPS this year is fine, but Jeter's is at .897. Hell the last time Jeter's OPS was that low was... 1995, when he played in 15 games.

Yes, I will go so far as to say that Reyes is the 3rd best shortstop in New York, considering that the best shortstop in town is now playing third base. Perhaps Reyes is the 4th or 5th best shortstop in New York when the Orioles and Phillies are in town.

ESPN, you've outdone yourselves again.

posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 2:45 PM   4 comments


At 9/27/2006 7:31 PM, Blogger lupe_velez said...

the best shortstop in town is now playing third base

um, but he sux and isn't clutchiferous and is obviously the second coming of knobby

you are so dumb sometimes i swear

At 9/27/2006 11:30 PM, Blogger Ben Valentine said...

You do realize that Reyes' career OPS is 749 and that his OPS this year is 842. He's slugging .489 this year, which is better than good; it's great for a SS. (Jeter is .483) And that career OPS was accumilated when he was 20, 21 and 22 years old. Jeter's first full season in the majors was when he was 22.

So while Reyes hasn't been as good as Jeter this year, he's pretty damn good. He's definitely better than Jimmy Rollins who accumulated his lower .818 OPS in a great hitter's park. And he'll likely be better than Jeter within two or three years, since he's 23 and Jeter is 32.

At 9/28/2006 4:38 AM, Blogger Karen said...

They put that "best shortstop in New York" header on there to rile up Yankee fans enough to buy the magazine. They could've left it as something Jose-Met related, but no, they go and be all "Dun dun dun -- we're insinuating Jeter's a sucktastic old mad, y'all. What are you going to do about it?" without having to come out and actually say it.

With them both making the playoffs now, I expect a "the earnest young whippersnappers vs. the old millionaires" to come pouring out of the national media. I think I'm going to have to ignore them all.

At 9/28/2006 7:01 AM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said...

Ben, the whole point is that ESPN is putting the cart before the horse. MIght Reyes turn into a superstud? Yes. Is he right now the "best shortstop in New York"? Not by any stretch of the imagination.

I'm not saying he's a terrible player, just that making such a statement is incredibly premature.


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