TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 Former MLB players as TV analysts: mostly suck!
The MLB analysts don't just suck. They're morons, especially Harold Reynolds and Mitch Williams, both a wealth of misinformation.
Recently Mitch Williams was trying to explain why he thought Derek Jeter of the Yankees was as good as ever. Williams stated that in 2010 Jeter scored 111 runs and Jeter's career average per season was 112.
Jeter has played 15 full seasons and scored 1,685 runs. Let's subtract the five runs he scored in 15 games in 1995. That's 1,680 runs divided by 15. It does equal 112. Williams was correct.
It does include 2003 when Jeter played 119 games and scored 87 so the 112 is lower than his real full season average. Let's get the average for the other 14 seasons.
114 is pretty close. However, who evaluates a player that way? If Williams is trying to show Jeter's value in reaching base why doesn't he simply look at on base percentage? Jeter's three lowest OBP seasons:
Looks like Jeter is slipping. Two of his last three seasons are among his three worst and Jeter will be 37 June 26.
How many runs would Jeter have scored in 2010 if his OBP had equaled his career average? Probably more than 111.
Jeter scores runs because he gets on base and runs the bases well and because his teammates drive him in. How many more RBI would they have had in 2010 if Jeter had been on base more often?
Mitch Williams is a moron. MLB network should be embarrassed.