Saturday, September 08, 2012

Pollypalooza Farewell Tour

We may have just witnessed the farewell tour of Placido Polanco in Major League Baseball, as he was placed on the DL yet again.  He certainly didn't garner the same amount of fanfare as Chipper Jones has this year in his final season.  Of course Polly hasn't called it a career yet, that's merely speculation on my part.

Polly's second tour of duty with the Phillies did not go as well as his first.  Old age, injuries, and diminishing skills have left a bit of a sour taste in some fans mouths (blame Amaro for the contract).  However, I would like to take this time to acknowledge the good that Polanco did during his career.

AVG - .299
OPS - .747
H - 2044
G - 1809
YR - 15 
AS - 2
GG - 2
WAR - 38.7
FLD% - .993

Polly has been one of the best fielding players in the history of the game.  He's as sure-handed as they come, having only committed 36 errors, Jose Offerman botched more plays than that in one season.  It's not like he was camping out left field either, he primarily manned 2nd and 3rd base (error prone positions).  Polly currently sits atop the career leaders for fielding percentage at both 2nd and 3rd base. He ranks 67th all-time in DWAR, tied with Mike Schmidt.

Side note- he should always remain in Phillies lore for 3 reasons: 1) the catchphrase "All Polly does is hit.", 2) He became the starting 3rd baseman when Rolen was shipped outta town, and 3) he was traded for the machete-wielding jailbird Ugueth Urbina.

Here's a little ditty I wrote in honor of Polly a few years ago...

Ode to Big Dome
(A Ballad for Placido Polanco)

Such grace is played with an enormous head,
Batted ball to third and the runner is dead.
Slick fielding, bat wielding, our beloved Polly,
Your big dome is quite beach-bally.
The specially stitched XXXL hats are no price,
You shave that melon, so there won't be lice.
Second stint in Philly is truly a blessing,
Your luscious noggin we wish to be caressing.
I pity your wife should she birth vaginally,
Unless the doctor can shrink that head magically.
Nevertheless, your baseball skills are bountiful,
And for this we are eternally grateful.


Aaron said...

6 and a half back
If all falls right tommorow the Phil's would be 5 games back, with the marlins, steps and Muts up next.

Aaron said...

Nats fans are really really f'ing stupid. I love how many of them are fine with shutting Strasburg done because "they are young and are going to be great for the next 10 years".
The nats have lots of young talent but baseball's a funny game. The Nats could finish last next year....Brice Harper could tear his ACL and never be they same again. Strasburg could get hurt again next spring training. Gio Gonzalez could have ERA of 4 next never have to take your shots when you get them.
The Nats are F'ing Retarded and their fans are more retarded.

GM-Carson said...

Shutting down Starsburg is stupid.

They are in a position to take ahold of the NL East for a good 5 year run or so, much like the Phillies just got wrapped up doing.

They are young and stocked at almost every position.

SS- Ian Desmond, still getting better.
2B- Danny Espinosa, still getting better.
LF- Tyler Moore probably takes over next season with Morse moving to 1st base if LaRoche leaves, or being dealt.
CF- Bryce Harper is still a teenager. That's ridiculous.
RF- Jayson Werth batting leadoff is smart.
C- Ramos is good, but who knows if how he'll be returning from injury.
1B- LaRoche or Morse
3B- Zimmerman, one of the best in the game.
Bench- Lombardozi is a quality UTL, Bernadina is a great 4th OF.

Bullpen- Storen, Clippard, Burnett, Mathaeus.

Rotation- Starsburg, Gio, Zimmermann, Detweiler.

They're freakin' good.

Andrew said...

After years of enjoying the gNats as the NL East whipping boy... it pains me to wholeheartedly agree with you Carson. The gNats are freakin good. Damn it.

Beer-a-Thon said...

It would be awesome if the Phils could sweep this double header. It would start to make things potentially interesting down the line.