Sexon AND Delgado, yay!
Jim Street’s latest at MLB.com has it happening. And in case you thought he might get through it without saying something implausible:
Think about that. Sexson and Delgado in the middle of Seattle’s lineup. All of a sudden, a team that hit the fewest home runs and scored the fewest runs in the American League last season looks like a Murderer’s Row.
A historically great offense, wow! Like the Yankees of the 30s!
Best-case Recreation of Best Previous Year Jim Street Memorial Mariners Murderer Row:
Richie Sexson (2003) : .272/.379/.548
Raul Ibanez (2002): .294/.346/.537
Carlos Delgado (2000): .344/.470/.664
Bret Boone (?)(2001): .331/.372/.578
Wow, that suuuure is powerful. Except that relative to the rest of baseball, the best of those isn’t close to Ruth’s 1927 season, which makes Boone’s 2001 look like Boone must have been hitting with a wet noodel. Or Gehrig’s season, which was equally good.
Even Earle Combs and Bob Meusel, who get short shrift, beat the best of the M’s. Combs put up a line in 1927 where, relative to the league, he was as good as the career years of *any* of the M’s players. Meusel was as good in 1927 as Ibanez had ever been.
The only way I can come close to expressing this in modern terms: the 1927 Yankees had two Barry Bonds performances backed by Albert Pujols and David Ortiz.
And while we can argue a little about what our metrics for relative comparison is, no matter what you choose, it totally neglects the issues of injury, effectiveness, and how slim the chances that all four of those guys would put up career lines.
Adding Sexson and Delgado at their best wouldn’t make a Murderer’s Row. Next season’s lineup would be more like a snowball fighter’s reading club.