Friday, October 26, 2018

The Price of Genius

As if this postseason were not bad enough, the fact that people are even talking about signing up Neil "Quality At-Bats" Walker for another hitch in the Bronx fills me with a terrible ennui of the sort usually endured only by starving poets in Paris.

Let's take a look at the Indispensable Yankees' final stats for 2018—which, if you'll recall, actually got better as the days ticked by and the games got less and less meaningful:

398 plate appearances, 347 at-bats, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 11 homers, 46 RBI, 42 walks, 87 strikeouts.

A slash line of .219/ .309/ .354/ .664.

Irreplaceable, right?  Even the highly dubious WAR stat, which ranks practically nobody below replacement value, put Neil at a -0.1 WAR, including a +0.1 in hitting, and a -0.4 in fielding.  (Walker played many positions, none of them terribly well.)

Yeah, who could possibly replace old Neil "Quab" Walker?  Just about everyone, as it turns out.

But our future Hall of Famer, Brian Cashman, insisted on playing him last year—even after his other unnecessary pick-up, Brandon Drury, who does everything Walker does only better, had recovered from his migraines and was hitting quite well in Scranton.

Trouble is, this is far from the first Neil Walker who Coops has foisted on us, and it won't be the last.  To impress us with his genius last year, we had to endure 62 games from Chris Carter, the man who almost singlehandedly cost us the 2017 division title.  Get a load of his line:

208 plate appearances, 184 at-bats, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 8 homers, 26 RBI, 20 walks, 76 strikeouts.

A slash line of .201/ .284/ ,370/ .653 (don't ask me to explain these rounding-off figures).  And a -0.5 offensive WAR, a -0.5 defensive WAR (Carter, if you'll recall, was also a terrible fielder, even at first base), for a total -0.7 WAR (don't ask me to explain the inconsistencies in WAR, which is supposed to be cumulative).

Put them together, and you have pretty much an entire, full-time player over the past couple years, given normal rest and maybe a two-week stint on the DL for a hammy pull.  Here is our Quab Carter:

606 plate appearances, 531 at-bats, 17 doubles, 2 triples, 19 homers, 72 RBI, 62 walks, 163 strikeouts.

A slash line of .213/ .300/ .360/ .660.  And whatever the hell the WAR is, a performance well below replacement value.

This is what we've had to put up with, basically to gratify Mr. Cashman, even as the team battled for a championship.

And we're not even talking all the at-bats lost to the likes of Chase Headley (.262/ .339/ .387/ .727, as a Yankee), Stephen Drew (.187/ .257/ .382/ .609), or Brian Roberts (.237/ .300/ .360/ .659) in those lesser years when, even so, we darest not risk seeing how Jose Pirela, or Rob Refsnyder, or Yangervis Solarte might do in their place.

AND I won't even get into The Saga of the Young Power Arms, starring Jeff Weaver, Jared Wright, Carl Pavano,  Kyle Farnsworth, Nathan Eovaldi, Michael Pineda, Sonny Gray, etc., etc., etc.  

For two decades now, this team has been built around the whims and fancies of Brian Cashman.  And when he's wrong, the mistake is never admitted, but played and played until we are all thoroughly sick of him and he has cost us something important.

Genius!  I'm off to smoke a Gauloise.







8 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW...POWERFUL STUFF HOSS.

COOP IS KILLING US.

EVERY ONE OF THESE PICKUPS HAS BEEN DREADFUL.

I WOULD LIKE TO COMBINE THOSE STATS YOU JUST GAVE US TO THE RED SOX PRODUCTION AT FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD BASE, THE LAST 3 SEASONS.

HOLY CRAP.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Thanks, ALL-CAPS.

And I like Doug K.'s ideas. I just worry we won't do a damned thing.

Anonymous said...

Hoss,

I think I got the idea about Harper to 1st from you. :) It's a good one.

Doug K.

TheWinWarblist said...

Not Machado. Please no. We'll be calling him "Jogchado" for the entire duration of the contract.

TheWinWarblist said...

Wanna waste some time? Compare WAR stats on BB-Ref to Fangraphs. Woof, you could really lose a big chunk of your life.

Yeah, I said "woof." What of it!?

13bit said...

Cashman=Moron

Arf

John M said...

You left out one key word: Torreyes. The .300 hitter and good fielder who we hardly even saw this year, thanks to the Walker insanity.

This stuff isn't rocket science.

But we had to stick with the "professional hitter" who batted a couple of C-notes.

It's really inexplicable. Just one more example of, "What kind of pictures does he have of Cashman, anyway?"

Alphonso said...

I believe I have previously stated that Neal Walker will....for sure...be on the Yankees next year.

Which means I plan to leave the country.

Portugal and then San Sebastian.

I will return when the season is over.

It is all on Cashman.