Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Charlie Manuel is a Liar
"I don't think you guys ever see the value in Jimmy Rollins. He's averaged 75-90 RBIs a year. That's what he averages. He scored  runs last year. Who's he knocking in? He's knocking in the eighth and ninth hitter. Why does he knock them in? Because he can hit doubles and triples and homers. That's why. He gets extra-base hits. Those guys [on base] are usually not good runners and they're slow, and they're not good baserunners. We had Juan Pierre last year. You were always asking why Pierre didn't lead off? Because for me, Rollins is a better leadoff hitter. And you can say Pierre hit .300 and Rollins hit .250 or .260, but Rollins' .250 or .260 had more value to it than Pierre's .300. He's been my leadoff hitter ever since I've been here. When I see Ben Revere hit and see him play, we'll sit down and talk about where he's going to hit and where he's going to help us the most. I've got an idea. We'll find out where we want him. Nobody is going to tell me where to hit somebody. I don't care who you are."
That's a lie! Jimmy Rollins career thus far has been 13 MLB seasons. Two of those seasons he missed considerable time, so I won't factor them in to the math. That means in 11 years J-Roll has collected 747 RBI, for an average of 68 per season. That is inflated due to his huge seasons of 2006 and 2007, when he knocked in 83 and 94. I hate to beat a dead horse (that is sorta our thing here at WSBGMs), but Manuel is a freakin' idiot if he equates 68 RBI per season as an average of 75-90. That's really bad math.
I also find fault in his logic for batting J-Roll leadoff. His OBP was .316 last year. Juan Pierre's was .351, and he's equally fast. Ben Revere is faster than Rollins and had and OBP of .333 last year. I'd rather have Jimmy further down in the lineup, even perhaps in the 2-hole. That would be a lot of speed in the top 2 spots of the lineup with the thunder of Utley and Howard following them. Just a thought...