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  1. Any insight into what happened with him to drive this sort of late turnaround. It looks like his LD/GB/FB splits have been pretty consistent through his career. I see that his ISO is significantly up this year but I am still relatively new on these sorts of statistics, so your insight would be appreciated.

    Comment by Ali — September 4, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  2. Even though the splits you mentioned have remained quite consistent, his HR/FB ratio has more than doubled this year compared to last, resulting in the boost in ISO. Another skill that’s driven his late career boom is his improved plate discipline. DeRo’s increased his walk rate from 7.8% to 10.4% to 12.5% the last 3 years.

    Comment by JB — September 4, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  3. They were trying to get Brian Roberts not specifically to replace DeRosa at 2B, but to play him all over the place – if Pie had not gone in the trade and struggled the same as he actually did, they might have just moved Fukudome to CF and started DeRosa in right instead of picking up Reed Johnson (and later Edmonds.) Not saying DeRosa would’ve gotten exactly the same ABs if Roberts came over, but the plan seemed to be to get him at least 75% of what he’s got – they weren’t going to bench him.

    DeRosa’s ended up playing all over the place anyway, which should be worth some extra credit somewhere.

    Comment by N — September 4, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

  4. Mark says he’s a guess hitter and has been guessing right lately. Seems like a smart guy. He was an Ivy League starting quarterback.

    Comment by SamoanRob — September 5, 2008 @ 12:43 am

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