Saturday, June 28, 2008

A-Rod vs. Chipper

With all due respect to J and Prof. Epstein, Chipper Jones is only marginally superior to A-Rod in October and certainly not "much better" as is implied in the example given in J's blog. In fact, it could probably be said without a lot of argument that Jones and Rodriguez, while ticketed for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame once their playing careers are finished, have been major disappointments in the postseason, performing below their regular-season norms.
Let's look at it statistically.

A-Rod has appeared in 10 postseason series, hitting .279 with seven home runs and an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of .824. Jones, thanks to the annual success of the Braves, has appeared in 20 postseason series and has a .288 average with 13 home runs and an OPS of .864.

There's not a great deal of difference there.

Part of the knock on A-Rod is that his personal failures fall in line with the teams he plays for. A-Rod does not own a World Series ring.

But Chipper doesn't exactly have a large collection of championship finger ornaments, either. In fact, he owns just one ring despite four World Series trips for the Braves during his time in Atlanta. And the ring he won was way back in 1995, which is a long time ago when one considers the Braves won their division and made the playoffs 14 seasons in a row. Lately, Chipper and the Braves have been nothing short of playoff disasters. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 (and didn't reach the postseason in either '06 or '07) during which Chipper batted, respectively, .294, .167, .200 and .176 -- hardly the stuff of legend.

I have a strong hunch from the delight evident in Epstein's example and J's response that both are huge fans of the Red Sox (in fact, I know that J is) and love nothing more than to poke fun at A-Rod of the New York Yankees. Part of that, I suppose, is from having to constantly deal with the fact the Yankees have won about a bazillion more World Series titles than the Red Sox. But I felt it was important to set the record straight on the postseason successes, or lack thereof, of A-Rod and Chipper.

1 comment:

  1. So, are you saying the Braves wouldn't agree to the delegation? I would think they (or anyone) would snap A-Rod up!


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