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Thursday, August 20, 2015

David Ortiz for the Hall of Fame? Of what, golf?

My disdain for the baseball Hall of Fame and the voters has been well documented in recent years on this blog.  This morning I was minding my own business when I read this nonsense:

David Ortiz Not an Easy Choice for the Hall of Fame
AUG. 19, 2015 The New York Times

by Benjamin Hoffman

I won't even bother to quote.  If curious, read it for yourself.

David Ortiz: Red Sox at Orioles March 31, 2014 Flickr: Keith Allison via WikiCommons
David Ortiz is not even a baseball player.  He's a golfer.  All he wants to do is swing the clubs.  Fat Papi makes zero effort outside the batter's box and inside it he's no Ted Williams, who represents my criteria for those with Hall of Fame aspirations who do little or nothing outside the batter's box.  That's why I oppose Edgar Martinez for consideration.  If all you do is swing the clubs, you'd better do it like Ted Williams if you want to be elected to the Hall of Fame.  And that's dealing only with stats, not the 50-66% of the criteria about character that's ignored by the voters except for use, real or imagined, of performance enhancing drugs (PED), including steroids.

Have you ever seen someone moving more slowly, with less interest on the bases than Ortiz?  This includes his movement from the plate towards the general direction of first base.  Ortiz doesn't even approach waddling speed.  Is Ortiz waiting for his caddy?  Who exerts less effort and shows less interest?  Is there a bigger dog?  Why is this tolerated by his home town fans?  Why is Ortiz not excoriated as any other would be?

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/onbase_plus_slugging_plus_career.shtml


Ted Williams is number two.  Frank Thomas (19) was American League (AL) MVP in 1993 and 1994.  Thomas was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.  56.5 percent of his 10,075 plate appearances (PA) were as a designated hitter (DH).  44% of the 12,167 PA for Paul Molitor, inducted in 2004, were as a DH; OPS+ 122.

For Ortiz, 87% of his 9,322 PA were as a DH.  Ted Williams had 9,733 PA and Williams missed five seasons in military service.  129 players had more PA than Ortiz.  Edgar Martinez had fewer PA: 8,674 (59% as DH), another reason I oppose him too.



Ortiz is tied for 80th best OPS+.

Time limit for running out a home RUN. Inspired by David Ortiz, Fat Papi. Wednesday, July 30, 2014

David Ortiz seems determined to be as obnoxious as possible as often as possible.  The other day he had yet another incident of poor sportsmanship: hitting a home run and taking far too long to start running and far too long circling the bases.  Later the pitcher objected to this and Ortiz compounded things by verbally insulting the pitcher.

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"A Hymn to Him": Why can't David Ortiz be more like Derek Jeter? Friday, August 1, 2014
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David Ortiz: high and tight, low and away. That's all you need to think about. Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I just heard David Ortiz (Fat Papi) run his mouth on MLB Network about how he needs to strut around between pitches so that he can think deep thoughts about what might happen next.

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