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  1. “his .417 wOBA is still his career high” except for his .420 wOBA season in ’09, right?

    Comment by Will — August 9, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  2. I don’t think I would put David Wright and Albert Pujols into the same category of hitter. One has A LOT more power than the other.

    Comment by Bob — August 9, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  3. I’ll be honest, for all the article’s insights, the headline made me think things like “Billy Hamilton: Runner with Speed”, “Justin Verlander: Pitcher with Stuff,” and “Carlos Lee: Fat Man with Belly.”

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — August 9, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  4. In the context of what you are actually saying, “Justin Verlander: Pitcher with Stuff” is in fact apt, re: the traditional pitcher-thrower distinction.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — August 9, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

  5. Gotta say, I was a little disappointed that Jose Bautista link didn’t go somewhere like here: http://youtu.be/zRsgkVkcFGQ

    Because terrible music + home run porn is always a winning combo.

    Comment by Big Jgke — August 9, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

  6. Aaaaand that comment is in no way a reply. Whoops.

    Comment by Big Jgke — August 9, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

  7. Prince’s strikeout rate is actually 11.3% (not 13.3%), 6.5% below his career average and 18th best on the list of qualified hitters. Among the top 20 on the lowest K% list Fielder has the highest wOBA.

    Comment by Mike B. — August 9, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  8. The best example of “hitter with power” that I ever saw was probably Frank Thomas.

    Comment by MikeS — August 9, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

  9. Albeit I am quite drunk right now, at first I read this as ‘Prince Fielder: Hitler with Power’, which immediately made me think of this being a NotGraphs article that had quite possibly overstepped the line. Glad to see instead that this is an informative and well thought out article.

    Comment by rdt — August 9, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

  10. I like how reading fangraphs is one of your drunk activities. That’s when you know you’re a baseball nerd.

    Comment by phoenix2042 — August 9, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  11. The hittracker ND/PL/JE metric is nice…but each park has a major bias and has to be adjusted, I don’t think there is a park adjustment yet for hittracker. And no I don’t mean the typical park adjustment either, I mean a hittracker specific adjustment. Some parks just don’t allow ND/PL to certain areas.

    Comment by LionoftheSenate — August 9, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

  12. And how it’s a Thursday

    Comment by ataraxia_ — August 9, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

  13. Considering he spent the first 7-8 years of his career doing a Ted Williams impression, that example might be tough to beat.

    Comment by Jon L. — August 10, 2012 @ 12:05 am

  14. This is an important distinction. If anything, it suggests to me that Prince hasn’t actually lost much power but the shots that may have just cleared the fences in some of the NL Central parks have ended up becoming flyballs in Detroit. The corollary to “guys who hit a lot of Just Enough homeruns are going to lose production next season” should be that ‘guys who have a very low frequency of Just Enough homeruns should gain production.”

    That being said, I feel like the whole classification system is beyond dumb. I don’t see why they don’t relativize real homerun distances and fence heights to league average, include all fly balls, and recalculate each hitter’s homerun total — it seems like that would be much more useful because a “Plenty” homerun down the rightfield line at Yankee Stadium could be a warning track fly at a slew of other ballparks.

    Comment by jessef — August 10, 2012 @ 7:17 am

  15. So true. I remember going to games ni the 90′s and watching him hit; he’d hit line drive singles that just happened to land on the other side of the fence. I don’t think he ever cared about hitting home runs.

    Comment by zirc — August 10, 2012 @ 8:17 am

  16. Agree completely. ‘Just enough’ classifications should not be park-dependent. If they were park-independent, it would be much easier to compare home runs across all parks.

    Comment by bada bing — August 10, 2012 @ 9:51 am

  17. This is why I like the “#Parks” figure at HTO.

    Comment by Person — August 10, 2012 @ 11:54 am

  18. The Big Hurt was my immediate thought once I started reading. Right on. That guy was something else.

    Comment by Stew — August 10, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

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