Saturday, May 5, 2007

B.A. Baracus don't like no Wikipedia/Joe Morgan-Red Sox asskissing jibba jabba!

From Wikipedia in their Joe Morgan article:

Morgan has always been a critic of Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio. Although Morgan has never publicly admitted as to why he chooses to criticize Biggio, it is blatantly obvious anytime he calls a Houston Astros game. An example of Morgan criticizing Biggio was seen during a 2006 broadcast of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. The subject of Biggio being a future member of the Hall of Fame came up and Morgan went out of his way to strongly disagree with Biggio being inducted. Many feel that Morgan has always been jealous of Biggio's success at second base and uses his personal dislike for the Houston Astros organization against him. It should be noted that even though Morgan does not approve of Biggio being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Biggio has better statistics in almost all major categories in 19 MLB seasons than Morgan does in 22 MLB seasons.

I agree with pointing out how Morgan is a big dick. But Wikipedia's wording is very deceptive here and mislead you into believing Biggio is better:

Biggio (career): .287 eqA, 411 SB (77% success rate), 114 OPS+
Morgan (career): .311 eqA, 689 SB (81% success rate), 132 OPS+

You don't compare players of different eras by raw numbers, which I will show are barely different, anyway. But comparing raw numbers is like this:

"Hey, daddy, how much money did you make 35 years ago?"
"Wow!!! I'm making about 2/3 of that just this summer alone by flipping burgers! I should just drop out of school, do this, and make more money than you!"
"Mom is right, you are a retard."

And now to those raw stats, if you're looking just at BA (which I don't care about, but just for the hell of it), OBA, and SLG just look at this:

Biggio (career): .283 BA, .366 OBA, .436 SLG
Morgan (career): .271 BA, .392 OBA, .427 SLG

Biggio is 12 pts higher in BA over his career. That difference is so fucking small, it makes Barry Bonds' nuts post-'roids look big. Think of it this way. Let's say you average about 550 at bats per year (about Biggio's AB/season, it's more like 460 for Morgan because he was a walk machine) for 20 years. By hitting .283 versus .271, that yields a difference of 132 hits, which illustrates Biggio's success to get 1 more pop up that drops/ground ball that gets through/bunt single/whatever per month than Morgan. On base, which is soooo much more important that BA, Morgan pwns Biggio like we will regularly pwn morons. And SLG (less important than OBA, but still quite valuable), Biggio is 9 pts higher. Two things, a. this difference is nothing because it basically means Biggio was able to get one more HR or triple per year, b. Biggio is doing this in an era when our grandparents could probably hit 20 HR...drunk...with arthritis...sitting in wheelchairs in the batter's box. So yeah, saying that Biggio has marginally better statistics in almost every major category you're implying that he's better, which he is clearly not.

Now that I have said positive things about Morgan, I will now CRUSH him. As a Yankees fan, it gets annoying watching games that he and Miller cover on ESPN...for example:

August 20, 2006 - Yankees vs. Red Sox
Top 8th
Bases Loaded, 1 Out
Giambi vs. Papelbon

Giambi drives a Papelbon pitch about 400 feet to right center for a sac fly, not missing a HR by much and here's what Morgan has to say:

What a great job by Papelbon to keep that ball in on Giambi's hands so he couldn't hit it out of the ballpark.

If memory serves me right, the ball was not as far in as it should have been...hence why Giambi drove it as far as he did to right center. And secondly...just think about what Morgan said:

What a great job by Papelbon...

A pitcher does a great job when he evades surrendering a grand slam by the skin of his teeth, especially when the pitch wasn't good. That's what I want pitchers to do when they're on the mound. I want pitchers to give up lots of 400 foot flyballs. They're the best. Just like Scott Podsednik's brand of unbelievably exhilirating baseball.

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