Endy Chávez: It’s Never The Endy The Line

When Endy Chávez was signed by the Texas Rangers in 2011, the Rangers had just become the parent team of Austin’s suburban Round Rock Express (taking over what had been a Houston Astros franchise). Although I was, as an Astros fan, disappointed that the closest ball club to be was now Rangers territory, I tried to make the best of it by getting extremely drunk with my friends at a game during the first week of their season. Endy Chávez was the token journeyman / former major leaguer toiling in the minors, and we briefly entertained the idea of becoming Endy super-fans, making handmade shirts and signs to support what had to have been a tough journey from Mets defensive superstar to bleak Texas suburbia.


“The strength to be there,” indeed.

But just as soon as we had fixated on Endy, he was gone, promoted to the big club but relegated to the bench 99.9 % of the time (approximate calculation). Looking up his statistics now, he actually hit 5 home runs in 256 at bats, which is a lot more of both of those things than my memory served. In Game 7 of the 2011 World Series, Chavez was brought in as a pinch hitter, but was replaced by a different hitter when Arthur Rhodes (is still alive) entered. He never saw a pitch.


Can someone seriously tell me if the Rangers primary color is red or blue?

I had kind of forgotten about Endy this year, but according to the fine web destination FanGraphs.com, he had a minus -0.8 WAR in 169 plate appearances for the Orioles in 2012. That’s almost an entire win below “replacement,” but Endy manages to keep his head above water anyway, scrapping his way onto the playoff roster because, honestly, how could anyone say no to his face? (Look deeply into his eyes for my meaning.)

I was watching the Orioles/Yankees game last night and there he was: Endy Chávez, pinch-running for the Baltimore Orioles. Nothing happened, but his name is there on the box score, a beautiful, plaintive row of 0s. If Endy Chavez is listening, I want him to know that I will always get really excited when I see him on the major league baseball field, and I know that it will never be the Endy the line.




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Summer Anne Burton is a writer and illustrator living in Austin, Texas. She is drawing pictures of Every Hall of Famer.


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Mike
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Mike
3 years 11 months ago

I am the proud owner of a Mets Chavez #10 jersey. I haven’t quite felt the need to replace its relevance with a Bay, Torrres, Duda or Hairston jersey.

olethros
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olethros
3 years 11 months ago

So it is in fact always the Endy?

Endynial
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Endynial
3 years 11 months ago

Not sure why I like it so much, but I do! Thanks for adding this to the NotGraphs world. As a fellow fan who took in a dubious RR Express game this year and if memory serves had to watch the likes of hangers-on like Chris Shelton and some other really old reliever who I could have sworn was Jeremy Affelt, Endy Chavez was a welcome sight.

joe
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joe
3 years 11 months ago

i spent an afternoon in right field heckling this guy at an orioles/athletics game.

“Endy, what are you doing? You’re 32 man. Your wife and kids probably miss you. Isn’t it time to just give up on baseball and go home?”

Eric
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Eric
3 years 11 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZSmQgqsUqk

You’re going to want to watch this video.

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