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  1. Eckstein HRed in this spot because he is a clutch hitter who knows how to win. There’s not another ML shortstop who I’d rather have on my team.

    Comment by Wrighteous — April 20, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  2. Should read 0.36%.

    Comment by sourdoughboy — April 20, 2010 @ 10:09 am

  3. Yeah, Eckstein’s grit, leadership, and clutchness outweighs the fact that Hanley Ramirez’s WAR last year was higher than Eckstein’s 4 previous years by 3.4. ZOMGZ EXTINE IZ DA GOAT!?!?!1!!11ONE!11

    Comment by Azim — April 20, 2010 @ 10:12 am

  4. Steroids. Without them Eckstein would be bagging groceries at the local megamart.

    Comment by TomG — April 20, 2010 @ 10:18 am

  5. Again, I really enjoyed the game summary. It also made think that Eckstein probably has higher value for the Padres than he would for just about any other team — at Petco the importance of power is decreased, and thus all other skills increase in importance.

    Comment by Gabriel — April 20, 2010 @ 10:19 am

  6. He’s so f***in scrappy!!!

    Comment by Justin — April 20, 2010 @ 10:20 am

  7. I was all ready to jump in with an Cluthy McGritteron comment about Eckstein, but someone beat me to it.

    Of course, mine was going to be sarcastic.

    Comment by J.P. — April 20, 2010 @ 10:22 am

  8. I think you double counted the park factor. The park is part of the reason his HR/FB% was so low.

    Anyway, doesn’t really matter, the difference between 36 and 31 in 10000 isn’t worth worrying about.

    Comment by Steven Ellingson — April 20, 2010 @ 10:24 am

  9. JP,

    I think – I hope – that one was too.

    Comment by Patrick — April 20, 2010 @ 10:24 am

  10. Steven,

    I disagree furiously! That’s an error of nearly 14%. =)
    I demand that my pointless statistics be perfectly accurate, never mind that error is hilariously far below the expected errors resulting from uncertainty in true talent and park factors. :)

    How long has been in Petco anyway? The whole time?

    Comment by Patrick — April 20, 2010 @ 10:27 am

  11. Related, PETCO has seen more runs scored there this year than you’d expect (though much of it may be the 17 runs given up by the Braves earlier this month).

    Comment by Temo — April 20, 2010 @ 11:04 am

  12. I hate David Eckstein so very much.

    Comment by B — April 20, 2010 @ 11:06 am

  13. David Eckstein was not some mere “member of the 2006 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.” He was the World Series MVP! And now he should be declared the Padres’ All-Time Franchise MVP. This guy knows baseball far better than blogger Jack Moore ever could, since, unlike Mr. Moore, David Eckstein does not live in his mom’s basement looking at spreadsheets while baseball plays on the muted and ignored TV behind him. In fact, David Eckstein lives at Petco, sleeping every night in Kyle Blanks’ locker, because he is just. That. Gritty. Living at Petco is, like, the OPPOSITE of living in your mom’s basement. (Fun fact: mom’s basements have a universal park factor of 573 silmarillion.)

    God I miss Fire Joe Morgan.

    Comment by Ari Collins — April 20, 2010 @ 11:16 am

  14. I have a problem with your statement. You seem to imply that Eckstein is a shortstop. He has been a second baseman since he came to the Padres.

    Comment by Drakos — April 20, 2010 @ 11:30 am

  15. Eckstein is a 2B now, in fact, he hasn’t played SS since ’08 and even then he split time at 2B

    Comment by Chris — April 20, 2010 @ 11:40 am

  16. Why, did his wife take your piece of the Aggro Crag?

    Comment by TomG — April 20, 2010 @ 11:53 am

  17. This is the thing about baseball which is fun and frustrating at the same time. No matter all the advanced stats we have and even looking at guys career numbers, you never know what can happen on a given day. Sometimes the most unlikely of hitter will come up big in the most important situation and defy all logic. It’s funny.

    Comment by Pat — April 20, 2010 @ 11:59 am

  18. If this statement was made by anyone here other than wrighteous, I’d applaud it as a hilarious and spot-on parody. Coming from him, though, I have to join TomG and blame it on drugs — but not on Eckstein’s part.

    Comment by joser — April 20, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  19. No, Eckstein’s wife is too busy coordinating the offseason business she and he have, getting dressed up and standing on wedding cakes.

    Comment by joser — April 20, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

  20. Unlikely events still sometimes happen. That’s what makes it fun. What makes it even more fun is that we can calculate how unlikely such an event actually is. That enhances the appreciation of it, at least for me.

    Comment by joser — April 20, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  21. But they taught us well. As long as we can carry on with posts like that, Fire Joe Morgan lives on in each of us.

    Comment by joser — April 20, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

  22. Eckstein: the human one-dimensional particle in a box

    Comment by TomG — April 20, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

  23. I was surprised as anyone Eckstein hit that ball out. That said, he got a fastball middle in, which was almost a carbon copy of the ballhe got Friday night in the ninth – and he lined that pitch over the LF’s head for a double, which tied the game.

    The lesson, as always, is don’t throw into Eckstein’s kitchen – he’ll make you pay.

    Comment by Mike — April 20, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

  24. Watched the game and, though a giants fan, wasn’t even disappointed. When David Eckstein beats you with a walk off home run you’ve been beat by divine intervention.

    Comment by Steve — April 20, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

  25. Well said, Joser. FJM forever.

    Comment by Richie Abernathy — April 20, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

  26. I am a Giants fan and also watched the game last night. I disagree; I was INSANELY disappointed that of all the people to beat us last night it was David F9#(%( Eckstein. Are you kidding me? How come we didn’t sign him, Sabes? Veteran grit on display for all to see

    Comment by Paul — April 20, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

  27. It meant that the Giants took on God’s will last night. And damn, if you can make God go into extra innings you’ve played a good game.

    Comment by Steve — April 20, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

  28. At least he has a nice German cat in there with him.

    Comment by joser — April 20, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

  29. The Eckstein “clutch”, “grit”, and “winner” jokes are very, very tired and quite lame.

    Comment by Coal Bear — April 20, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

  30. Yep…straight out of the Sabermetrics for Dummies, Chapter 6: Saber-Snark for Beating a Deadhorse

    Comment by pounded clown — April 20, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

  31. Especially considering he caught that Molina liner which would have given us the lead and probably the game. I hate you, David Eckstein.

    Comment by quincy0191 — April 20, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

  32. “I hate you, David Eckstein.”


    Comment by B — April 20, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

  33. That may or may not be dead and stinking up the place… For David’s sake lets say it’s alive

    Comment by Chris — April 20, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

  34. The horrible thing about this is you just know that Sabean is thinking “This guy is so clutch – when Freddie Sanchez’ contract is up I just have to get this guy to play 2nd for us”.

    I’m guessing the G’s try to sign him for $10.5 million for his year 37 and 38 seasons. I wish this was just a joke, if it isn’t I’m going to lie down in the fetal position and weep for awhile..

    Comment by Fergie348 — April 20, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  35. Maybe it’s not the cat. Maybe David needs to wash off a little excess “grit.”

    Comment by joser — April 20, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

  36. At this point, Eckstein jokes are more a tribute to Firejoemorgan than anything else.

    Comment by Ari Collins — April 20, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

  37. It takes grit for you to say so. It was clutch, as I was about to add another one. I won’t, so you’re the winner.

    Comment by dxc — April 21, 2010 @ 3:54 am

  38. Wow, much Eckstein hating in this string. I applaud people like Eckstein, Bush, Cyrus, etc. who do so much with so little. Succeeding with talent is easy. Succeeding without it takes a special person.

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — April 21, 2010 @ 8:58 am

  39. David Eckstein is the winner, but more for what he does off the field.

    As World Series MVP in October of 2006, Eckstein was awarded a new Corvette. It would have been his first new car. But he didn’t keep it. He gave it to his brother.


    At that point in his career Eckstein’s had earned $8.7 million. Conservatively estimating that half of that is gone in taxes and agent fees, he would still have $4.35 million. Despite having sufficient means for even a modest new car, Eckstein chose otherwise.

    Salary source:

    The flipside of Eckstein’s financial prudence?

    78% of former NFL players are bankrupt or under financial stress after two years of retirement

    60% of NBA players are broke withn five years of retirement

    “How and Why Athletes Go Broke”

    Comment by Coal Bear — April 21, 2010 @ 10:42 am

  40. You can’t throw it in Eckstein’s kitchen, he only has a kitchenette….GO GATORS!

    Comment by Dave — April 21, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

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