A brief comparison of Ichiro and Ibanez
I wanted to expand a little on this diary at Lookout Landing, which takes a different issue with Baker’s piece.
When it came to Ichiro, who got off to a typically slow start in April and part of May, the internal turmoil nearly hit its boiling point.
Ichiro, career April: .293/.348/.395
Ichiro, career May: .364/.412/.464
Ichiro, April: .252/.310/.361
Ichiro, May: .319/.384/.398
Ichiro, first seven games of May: .423/.464/.500
Ichiro, May 1-May 15: .310/.344/.379
Quick and dirty, M’s hitters through May 15th, by OPS
(Did Sexson have a .714 or is that a query artifact?)
But others point out that Ichiro, along with Ibanez, is one of the few Mariners to put up consistently high numbers during a season in which the team has all but collapsed.
Ibanez, May, when Ichiro was supposedly about to be beaten up by his teammates: .218/.307/.366
Ibanez, September: .256/.316/.337
Shouldn’t the conversation have gone more like
Anonymous clubhouse coward: “Hey, so yeah, we all hate Ichiro and in May we were going to kick his ass because he wasn’t hitting.”
Baker: “Okay, but he was hitting, he started off May on an amazing streak and was stealing bases two a game.”
Anonymous clubhouse coward: “Uh, never mind.”
I don’t expect that. But the very least we should demand from people who cover the team is that they check these things before they go into print. Ibanez hasn’t been consistent unless consistent is “good except when he isn’t” and Ichiro’s stats don’t line up with the given reasons for discontent. And if they don’t, again — what’s the reason for the hate?