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  1. How does this article not mention Dustin Pedroia?

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — July 21, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

  2. As much as I hate him, I’m surprised there’s no mention of Dustin Pedroia.

    Comment by YP — July 21, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

  3. Well, according to Fangraphs, he’s 5’9″…I always thought he was shorter.

    Comment by YP — July 21, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  4. 5′ 9″. I would have expanded the ‘short’ players to something like 5′ 9″, but I’m not even sure Altuve is 5′ 7″. He looks shorter than that. So Pedroia is maybe baseball short, but Altuve looks more like short short.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — July 21, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

  5. I remember BP guys who followed him in minor leagues say his likely height was more around 5’4″.

    Comment by Kevin — July 21, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

  6. Reporter: “How does it feel being the shortest player in the majors?”
    Freddie Patek: “Beats the heck out of being the shortest player in the minors.”

    Comment by lex logan — July 21, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

  7. The Astros must have read FaGraphs:
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/the-next-market-inefficiencies-little-people-in-baseball/

    Comment by SC2GG — July 21, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

  8. That typo wasn’t intentional.

    Comment by SC2GG — July 21, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

  9. I do believe Pedroia’s actual height is 5’7″. Any idea of Altuve’s actual height?

    Also worth noting is that the only reason Pedroia didn’t meet the article’s other criteria (200 plate appearances in their first season) is because he was first called up late in the season (8/22). He was never sent down again, and was never a part-timer.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — July 21, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  10. But his listed height is the main reason, since I also tried 200 plate appearances in first two seasons. I still think Altuve is significantly shorter than Pedroia, and going by listed height is all we have.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — July 21, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

  11. His actual height is 5-foot, 5-and-one-half inches. From the horse’s mouth.

    Comment by OremLK — July 21, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

  12. Please keep in mind that almost all listed heights are inflated for players under 6′ tall. Pedroia is not actually 5’9″.

    Comment by OremLK — July 21, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  13. GG WP

    Comment by OremLK — July 21, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

  14. No, I understand that. You can’t be expected going around with a tape measure.

    I just thought it was pretty surprising to see an article about short middle infielders that somehow omitted the him, even if only to note why he wasn’t included in the sample.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — July 21, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  15. Joe Morgan laughs at all of you…but doesn’t understand why.

    Comment by nathan — July 21, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

  16. Really should have mentioned him just in passing, but he’s not a good comp for Altuve in particular. Way more patience and speed and showed more power in the minors.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — July 21, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

  17. Joe Morgan was 5′ 7″ or so it says at Baseball Reference. But he only played 8 and 10 games in his first 2 seasons. Anyway nathan beat me to it.

    Comment by Lyle Schweik — July 21, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

  18. In the time he’s been a major-leaguer, Ichiro has been listed anywhere from 5’9″ to 5’11″, but none of them have been true.

    He’s exactly the same height as Omar Vizquel, if that helps. They stood back-to-back and measured once, during a game.

    Comment by Llewdor — July 21, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

  19. As Orem said, most heights are inflated. I met Prince Fielder at Spring Training. He’s 5’8 or 5’9 even though he’s listed at 5’11.

    Comment by Winfrey — July 21, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

  20. I don’t think its just guys under 6′. It seems like they add one to two inches to everyone’s heights. Guys who are 6’2″ but skinny automatically become 6’5″. I guess they’re just trying to give the perception that they’re all physical specimens.

    Comment by RobK — July 21, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

  21. Like in basketball, most guys list their height in shoes, which typically adds at around an inch in height, sometimes even up to 1.5″ of height. Taken into account number rounding, someone who is 6’1.25″ in socks could legitimately list 6’3″ as their height (sounds like Altuve, who claims to be 5’5.5″, can be explained with this theory).

    Comment by Feeding the Abscess — July 21, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

  22. Like in basketball, most guys list their height in shoes/cleats, which typically adds at around an inch in height, sometimes even up to 1.5? of height. Taken into account number rounding, someone who is 6’1.25? in socks could legitimately list 6’3? as their height (sounds like Altuve, who claims to be 5’5.5?, can be explained with this theory).

    Comment by Feeding the Abscess — July 21, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

  23. derp, format fun

    ? = “

    Comment by Feeding the Abscess — July 21, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

  24. “My legitimate height and weight…,” he says, answering a question no one has asked but he probably knew was inevitable. “I’m 5-8, 170.”

    http://www.bostonmagazine.com/articles/dustin_pedroia/

    5’7″, 5’8″; I still think it’s whacked that he received no mention in this article. Arguably the best middle infielder in baseball who is very short, gets no mention in an article asking: Is 5’7″ tall enough to play 2B effectively?

    Even if Sarris decided to stick to a baseline just one inch shorter, you still have to mention Pedroia because unless we’re going all anal about a single inch, he answers the writer’s question: Of course Altuve at 5’7″ can play 2B, height has nothing to do with it. Just look at Pedroia (and Morgan, and others not mentioned).

    Comment by Sultan of Schwwingg — July 21, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

  25. The day I checked out Freddie’s BRef page was depressing. I thought he was a very good player when I was young.

    Comment by Sultan of Schwwingg — July 21, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

  26. Who will have the better career? Jose Altuve, or Ron Torreyes? (Speaking of which, there’s no way Torreyes is 5’10″; he’s more like 5’6″)
    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa546565&position=2B/3B
    http://images.checkoutmycards.com/zoom/e8b1cf03-5cd2-4c06-ace8-952eb8537e54.jpg

    Comment by camisadelgolf — July 22, 2011 @ 2:04 am

  27. Good scouting report on him from last year when he was in the Sally, from of course, ScoutingtheSally. The summation:

    “As you can tell, this scouting report has much more assumption in it than most of what I write. With a prospect like Jose Altuve, it’s needed because there’s simply not another player to compare him to. In all honesty, the easy out is to simply write Altuve off as a AAAA-utility type at the major league level due to his lack of size. However, if Jose Altuve really was his listed Baseball Reference height/weight of 6’1?, 185 lbs., we’d be discussing a surefire top-100 prospect and one of the top-5 position prospects I scouted in 2010. So while I can’t say he will ever be an impact talent, to rule out a scenario where he does not at least become a second division starter and instant fan favorite would be irresponsible of me.”

    http://scoutingthesally.com/jose-altuve-houston-astros-baseball-prospect-scouting-report-video/

    I’m certainly intrigued when a scout puts any A- player on the Top 100, which is what he did based just on his talent.

    Comment by Paul — July 22, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  28. Dustin Pedroia is listed at 5’9. He’s no taller than 5’6.

    Then again, up until last year, David Ortiz was 220lbs.

    Comment by RC — July 22, 2011 @ 10:35 am

  29. I am 5’8″ in my spikes on a hard floor.

    Comment by J-Roll — July 22, 2011 @ 11:17 am

  30. Although the Astros still officially list Altuve as 5’7″, Ed Wade said he was 5’5″ during a pregame interview today at Wrigley Field. Just a few minutes before a graphic had been shown on screen listing him as 5’7″.

    Comment by Hal Jordan — July 23, 2011 @ 12:12 am

  31. Height has nuthin to do with it just to prove it rememba the name rimarlin breton

    Comment by Rimarlin breton — June 12, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

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