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  1. I picked him up in a fantasy points league that counts GDIP and K’s as negatives. Eckstein so far has been worth 157.1 points which ranks him 15th overall out off all 2B eligible players. He’s 10 points lower than Phillips and 8 points higher than Theriot and Stewart, all of whom are the ‘sexier’ fantasy options.

    Eckstein just knows how to play the game, there’s no other way to describe it. He has 387 K’s over 4757 AB’s for a career 8% K rate.

    Comment by Chris — May 25, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  2. Where Eckstein has shined even more is his defense. For those of us who have watched the games, even though he still has no arm strength his range this year has been incredible.

    Comment by Zach — May 25, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

  3. Yeah, this has been very surprising. Although if he fields the ball more than 10 feet away from first I’m always scared that the runner will beat the throw. Even as well as he has played I was shocked that he leads qualified second basemen in UZR and UZR/150.

    Comment by Drakos — May 25, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

  4. his offensive approach is invoking that of another San Diego legend.

    The Chicken?

    Comment by joser — May 25, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

  5. God, I hope there’s another way to describe it because that cliché was drained of all meaning long, long ago. Even if it still tries to give 110% one day at a time.

    Comment by joser — May 25, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

  6. Paging Ken Tremendous…

    Comment by Falco — May 25, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

  7. Now that’s impressive. I’ve seen a handful of Padres games and noticed he was pretty slick with a glove, but I had no clue he was any where near that good, especially with the noticeably poor arm. The guy is just great.

    Comment by Chris — May 25, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

  8. This is one of those feel good stories that happens over the course of a section of the season and is only noticed because it has occurred at the beginning of the year….it’s not going to end well….there is going to be a .150/.200/.250 month coming along the line somewhere to get him back to his career norms.

    It’s unfortunate because I’m a Padres fan, but I can be a realist at the same time.

    Comment by Mark's Wine Clubs — May 25, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

  9. Leaves his heart on the field. Shows up every day to play. Plays the game the right way. Old school. Grizzled veteran. Mentor. Unsung hero. Leader. Messiah.

    Comment by The Hit Dog — May 25, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

  10. While his contact rate is impressive, it pales compared to his Scrappiness and Grittiness percentages.

    Comment by rbenchley — May 25, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  11. Gamer. Clutch. Plays to the Situation. Team Leader. Great clubhouse guy. Leads by example.

    I too am sick of the mainstream media boner for the Eck part 2.

    Comment by Travis L — May 25, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

  12. Actually, what’s nice is this sticks in the craw of so many people. The guy was a decent second baseman for a couple of championship teams, is playing well again for a surprise contender, and you still hear all over the sabersphere complaints about the MSM polishing his knob. Get over it folks. It was actually great for Dave to point out the purely stat-based reasons he is performing well this year.

    Comment by wobatus — May 25, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

  13. This is called the gambler’s fallacy. Good luck is not required to be offset by equal amounts of bad luck.

    Comment by Dave Cameron — May 25, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

  14. Unless you’re counting cards

    Comment by Ben F — May 25, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  15. professional hitter. clubhouse leader. my personal favorite “scrappy!”

    Comment by Kurt — May 25, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

  16. It’s not the Gambler’s Fallacy, it’s the Eckstein Reality.

    Comment by Joseph — May 25, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  17. The guy was the SS on both those championship teams, not 2B. He was actually a far better SS than he gets credit for. The only issue he ever had was arm strength.

    Comment by Alireza — May 25, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

  18. Eckstein’s range is solid, and range is more important than arm at 2B. He will be weaker on plays to his right and on the 6-4-3, but can make up for it otherwise.

    Comment by Alireza — May 25, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

  19. Thanks for correcting me, Alireza.

    Yeah, he was close to a 4 war as a ss on the 2002 Angels.

    Comment by wobatus — May 25, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

  20. If only Livan Hernandez possessed a tenth of Eckstein’s aura, he too could bask in unmitigated praise for his achievements. But alas……..

    Comment by tomterp — May 25, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  21. That’s a Robert Ludlum novel.

    Comment by joser — May 25, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

  22. One thing about David Eckstein that never gets mentioned is that he’s short and doesn’t weigh very much.

    Comment by D4P — May 25, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

  23. When he retires the term “scrappy” should be retired with him because it is freaking impossible to be any scrappier than David Eckstein!

    Seriously though, he is having a great season. Maybe him making more contact is just a small sample thing but increasing the number of extra base hits is a product of the vast outfield at Petco? Maybe his spray chart can show some kind of trend for when he plays in Petco? Just a thought…

    Comment by DonCoburleone — May 25, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

  24. Man, do I hate David Eckstein..

    It only seems that he’s the reason that the Giants cannot beat the Padres this year. He snags liners up the middle that would tie the game. He hits game winning walk off home runs (?!). He refuses to be put out. He’s scrappy, a gamer.

    I hate him.. Most of all because I bet that freaking Sabean will sign him next year and he will suck for us..

    Comment by Fergie348 — May 25, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

  25. It’s the silver sombrero, not the golden sombrero.

    Hat Trick – 3 strikeouts

    Silver Sombrero – 4 strikeouts

    Golden Rings – 5 strikeouts

    Comment by Cubano Rechoncho — May 25, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

  26. Seemed like Eckstein’s defense had been in decline for a few years now. He is 35 after all. Maybe he’s just staying healthy for a change. Always one of my favorites. I hope he his Padres can make the postseason.

    Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick were supposed to be way better players than the Eck by now. That plan has sure turned into crap.

    Comment by Rally — May 25, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  27. Sorry, no, its not.

    Comment by Dave Cameron — May 26, 2010 @ 1:35 am

  28. While this is true, people do indeed also refer to four strikeouts as a silver sombrero in place of golden. Mike krukow does for example. Also I have had people tell me that they have heard it commonly used in Chicago, which I have a hard time believing as I have been born and raised there.

    Comment by qwerty — May 26, 2010 @ 2:23 am

  29. Plus David Eckstein is just fun to watch.

    Comment by nolan — May 26, 2010 @ 5:08 am

  30. Also, notably, he was never a punter on his college football team. Interesting little tidbit there.

    Comment by Felonius_Monk — May 26, 2010 @ 5:28 am

  31. I too am sick of the mainstream media boner for the Eck part 2.

    Just the 2nd part? I thought his inspirational 2002 season was what pulled the nation out of the ashes of 9/11.

    I mean that’s what the writers told me, who obtain their positions in a totally meritocratic way.

    Comment by JoeR43 — May 26, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

  32. What about his Weighted Grit Factor (wGF) so far this year? Up or down?

    Comment by ykw — May 26, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

  33. I love the fact that he is scrappy and sets a good example. Plus he is one of few who chokes up on the bat old-school style.

    Comment by BPB — June 14, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

  34. A player kids can actually look up to–and he’s kind to his fans. No arrogance here. A fantastic player and a great human being.

    Comment by Cat — August 26, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

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