The thing I find most impressive is his professionalism

DMZ · March 10, 2008 at 1:30 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

In the Times, Baker Romero writes about McLaren and that last roster spot (or two):

“Everyone of these guys has impressed us some way or another.”

McLaren has had a meeting about team needs and how the roster is shaping up. He said he and the coaches broke down each candidate and what he can bring to the team. McLaren also didn’t rule out GM Bill Bavasi searching the waiver wire for a player.

What in the world has Miguel “I can’t believe it’s not Bloomquist” Cairo done to impress anyone? He’s no defensive wiz, he’s hitting .269 with an awesome .269 OBP, he only has one RBI despite leading the team in at-bats… meanwhile, they’re waffling on whether they might carry another bat that can play first in Morse… or carry 12 pitchers?



56 Responses to “The thing I find most impressive is his professionalism”

  1. Graham on March 12th, 2008 2:59 pm

    It is obvious that I am not going to convince you no matter how many stats I provide.

    Stats without meaningful analysis are well, meaningless. If you want to prove that that split is statistically significant, run the numbers rather than providing random anecdotes. Furthermore, Wilkerson’s performance in 2008 is almost entirely irrelevent here as well. This is a matter of small sample size and you trying to draw meaning out of random data.

    I’m hardly going to let you get away with saying ‘let’s agree to disagree’ when your suppositions are based around the incorrect notion that this sample size is big enough to draw real conclusions from. It isn’t, and you’re deluding yourself if you think otherwise. Worry about Wilkerson’s contact ability, worry about age-related decline, but worrying about the equivalent of 2 home runs over 200 at-bats is pointless. Just because your opinion is that it’s a significant result does not make it true, and you expecting me to accept that it’s ok to disagree on this point because everyone’s opinions are apparently equally meritorious is silly.

    This is mathematics.

  2. Jeff Nye on March 12th, 2008 3:13 pm

    To be clear: I’m not a fan of the Wilkerson signing either.

    That being said though, Graham could have been a lot nastier (and I could have been, as well) considering that you:

    -showed up, made a proclamation that home/away splits mattered but that you really didn’t care about providing evidence to support your assertion;

    -stated that any counter-argument was “non-sensical”;

    -complained that you were being insulted, when people mildly jibed about a couple of pretty egregous spelling mistakes;

    -also complained that you were being insulted when I tried to link you to a place where you could be informed about the expectations for comment threads when you’re trying to make a point, particularly a more outlandish one.

    I’m not sure why you would expect, given all of that, that people would want to be polite to you; and yet, people WERE polite, and even endeavored to help you “raise your game”. You treated them shabbily for it.

    In any case, this a thread about Wilkerson, not a thread for complaining about people being mean to you; there’s a link to email the authors if you really feel you’re being treated inappropriately.

  3. galaxieboi on March 12th, 2008 3:24 pm

    I again point to the fact that Cirillo’s ’00 and ’01 seasons were at Coors (and as Jeff mentioned, pre-humidor). Here’s the link to the Rockies splits in 2000. Here it is for 2001. As a team they sucked on the road. Cirillo wasn’t immune.

    If you think the Wilkerson signing was lame, welcome to the club (well, making him a starter is lame). Look at the differences in BABIP last year between home and away. Again, really small sample size. But .216? Ouch. Call it s***** luck for the most part.

  4. currcoug on March 12th, 2008 3:35 pm

    What does spelling, hyphen placements, and word capitalization, have to do with the merits of any discussion here?

    On the other hand, I don’t brood, nor do I carry grudges. Maybe we can find some common ground.

    Why don’t you like the Wilkerson signing?

  5. galaxieboi on March 12th, 2008 4:51 pm

    I think he’s been injured a bit too much the last couple years. Combine that with him being on the wrong side of 30 and it doesn’t bode well for the future.

    However, the M’s only owe him $3M for ’08. They’re not commited to him for 4 years or something outrageous. It really could be worse.

    Here’s his page. And his page.

  6. currcoug on March 12th, 2008 8:09 pm

    Agreed. Thanks.

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