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  1. Wow, someone’s in a good mood…

    Comment by Daniel — August 24, 2012 @ 10:48 am

  2. Cameron doesn’t rain on the parade of an unsustainable performance by a journeyman catcher? Is there fire and brimstone outside?

    Comment by Colin — August 24, 2012 @ 10:53 am

  3. I don’t understand this. Who are you and what have you done with Dave Cameron?

    Comment by Cardsfan — August 24, 2012 @ 10:53 am

  4. Phillies catcher wRC+ is 145. This is higher than any other team in MLB has received from their first basemen.

    Comment by leoleo — August 24, 2012 @ 10:53 am

  5. Yes, we could also that it ranks six spots below Taylor Teagarden

    Who proofreads this stuff? You could literally hire a thirteen year old and this would be caught.

    Comment by Anon — August 24, 2012 @ 10:54 am

  6. Lest us not forget Kratz’s last five seasons of AAA ball:

    2008: .344 wOBA
    2009: .361 wOBA
    2010: .380 wOBA
    2011: .372 wOBA
    2012: .371 wOBA

    Comment by Dan — August 24, 2012 @ 10:55 am

  7. And then Anon could rest easy at night. Truly, mankind’s problems would be no more.

    Comment by Daniel — August 24, 2012 @ 11:01 am

  8. CRASH DAVIS! I love it.

    Comment by akros24 — August 24, 2012 @ 11:02 am

  9. Maybe you could hire a thirteen year old to teach you how to get a life.

    Comment by Zach — August 24, 2012 @ 11:03 am

  10. Did you not read the rest of the post?! It’s Friday! We’re celebrating… something!

    Oh yeah, Erik Kratz!

    Comment by Daniel — August 24, 2012 @ 11:04 am

  11. With Jeff Sullivan on staff, Dave will now be much more optimistic.

    Love is in the air.

    Comment by busch — August 24, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  12. Dave Cameron: “Okay, fine, small sample size, unsustainable performance, blah blah blah.”

    Comment by Eminor3rd — August 24, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  13. Boy howdy, this fella has a brighter future than Chris Coste!!

    Comment by DD — August 24, 2012 @ 11:41 am

  14. 181 wRC+ with a .300 BABIP?


    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — August 24, 2012 @ 11:46 am

  15. Clearly, you should demand a refund.

    Comment by 300ZXNA — August 24, 2012 @ 11:48 am

  16. Except Joey Votto, who is still the best first baseman in the majors despite playing ~20 less games than the compition. He is pretty good at baseball.

    Comment by busch — August 24, 2012 @ 11:56 am

  17. I expect to see that quoted often from now on, by people who are in good humor and many, many more who aren’t.

    Comment by joser — August 24, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

  18. Other superstars who have hit like Kratz in small sample sizes this season, according to rankings – Travis Ishikawa, Adam Rosales, and Manny Machado. Look out world. We all know how bright Ishikawa’s future is since he’s not playing first base on a team with no true first baseman.

    Comment by — August 24, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

  19. “Travis Ishikawa, Adam Rosales, and Manny Machado.”

    One of these names is not like the others.

    Comment by SCardinal — August 24, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

  20. Set the leaderboard to 10 PAs and the name at the top of the list is rookie slugger Matt Harvey with a 202 wRC+. And as a pitcher his value above replacement is even higher than Kratz’s.

    Comment by David — August 24, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  21. He said a team has received from their firstmbasemen, which means the group as a whole. The Reds are actually third in 1B wRC+, at 134. St. Louis is at 137 and Detroit’s at 144.

    Comment by Keith — August 24, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

  22. Not while the Mariners are on a winning streak!

    Comment by Dgood — August 24, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

  23. Anon has been on a crusade against typos ever since his mother filled out his birth certificate.

    Comment by TKDC — August 24, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  24. That would be the advanced leaderboard, where the smart people go to hang out. For neanderthals like me on the standard leaderboard, Scott Podsednik rules the roost with his .375 BA. At 100+ PA he leads by .026 over the nearest pretender.

    Comment by hoser — August 24, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  25. It’s thirteen-year-old, Anon, not thirteen year old, and, depending on your training, probably 13-year-old. Time to fire the one who proofreads yout stuff?

    Comment by E-Dub — August 24, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

  26. I didn’t know Dave’s cousin played baseball.

    Comment by Pat — August 24, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  27. I will probably quote that in my reply to Dave Cameron’s next piece.

    Comment by Colin — August 24, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  28. Yout….damn you autocorrect!

    Comment by Atari — August 24, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  29. If the Phillies were to move Carlos Ruiz to 3B in 2013, isn’t it likely that they’d get more production with Ruiz at 3B and Eric Kratz (even with anticipated regression) at C then they would by playing whoever else at 3B and Ruiz at C? Even if Ruiz continues to get a fair amount of starts behind the plate, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to play him at 3B (which allows you to keep him in your lineup) on days when he’s not behind the plate?

    Alternatively, the Phillies would have to hope for at least replacement level production from Kevin Frandsen at 3B next season OR spend money (that they don’t really have due to multiple mega-contracts) on a free agent 3B.

    Seems to me that the Phillies should instead want to splurge on a free agent CF (Josh Hamilton?) and roll with a Ruiz-Kratz-Frandsen C/3B situation (and to not bring back the aging Placido Polanco). Frandsen, like Kratz, is providing unexpected production from an older minor leaguer who was not considered to be a prospect or a potential replacement level player. When you are paying so many huge salaries, you have to figure out ways to get excellent bang-for-your-buck production from dudes like Kratz and Frandsen, it seems.

    Comment by Robbie G. — August 24, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

  30. Heck, it’s more than twice what the Mariners have gotten from first base this year…

    Comment by Westside guy — August 24, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  31. Yet Charlie still has him hitting 8th tonight. Because hey, John Mayberry Jr. and Laynce Nix are penned into the 6 and 7 holes, and why shouldn’t they be?

    Comment by Dan — August 24, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  32. Carlos Ruiz, God love him, has all of two major league innings at 3B, with zero chances.

    One of those innings came last year in what I believe was a twelve thousand inning game, in which the Phillies put Wilson Valdez on the mound, used the bullpen coach as a catcher, and pinch-hit with the Phanatic.

    The second inning came in 2008 under similar, if less egregious circumstances.

    All this to say that Ruiz is not going to become the Phillies regular 3B, nor is he going to get regular work there as part of a platoon or other group.

    Kratz is turning out great–I hope they keep him around, but let’s be realistic.

    Comment by Phrozen — August 24, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  33. it helps to read the article with this on in the background:

    Comment by jcxy — August 24, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

  34. I don’t know why you talk about Kratz’s 2012 season like it’s a flash in the pan. Last year, he hit .333, which would have put him second to Jose Reyes for the NL batting crown, if only he’d had enough at-bats to qualify. And they weren’t empty hits – Kratz slugged .500, too.

    It’s a miracle the Phillies haven’t gotten him more PA’s this year, considering how productive he’d been over those six.

    Comment by Jon L. — August 24, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

  35. I dunno…because 81 PA’s aren’t predictive of anything?

    Comment by chuckb — August 24, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

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