Baseball Crank
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September 23, 2003
BASEBALL: You Chose Wrong

As the White Sox fade to grey there's delicious irony for Mets fans in noting that one of the key decisions that did in the Sox was the decision to dump D'Angelo Jimenez and replace him at second base with Roberto Alomar. (Long-time readers of this blog will note that I've been fascinated for some time with Jimenez, the on-again, off-again former Yankees infield prospect, who has shown a recurring tendency to confound his supporters and critics alike.) Check out their numbers since Alomar arrived in Chicago and Jimenez in Cincinnati:

PLAYERGABH2B3BHRRRBIBB+SBAVGSLGOBPOPSXORC
Alomar642426311134117306.260.351.3376881129.4
Jimenez662668012273230317.301.440.371811746.3

BB+ = BB+HBP
XO=(GIDP+CS)
RC=Runs Created

You'll recall that I noted at the time that Jimenez was in a terrible but not very long-term slump when the Sox dumped him; maybe that was a wake-up call, but maybe the Sox just panicked after 59 bad at bats and cost themselves a valuable performer. Oops.

On the other hand, I'll admit that I was more optimistic about Alomar than this here, although I was less so here; the biggest problem is that the Sox forgot to platoon Alomar, as he wound up hitting .191 against lefties.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:21 AM | Baseball 2002-03 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)
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