Monday, November 15, 2010

Fox Sports Network's Ken Rosenthal On Scott Boras & His Fairy Tale Buildups

Yes, B.S. (that's bull shit) Boras is up to his old tricks once again. He exaggerates the value of two of his clients. No surprise to me. I guess it's his method of operating, or modes operandi.. Please get a load of this...

"Agent Scott Boras created a stir last week when he said his client, free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, performed at levels “commensurate” with Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt, George Brett and Paul Molitor from ages 25 to 31.
Hey, it's that time of year.
As the general managers meetings begin Monday in Orlando, with trade and free-agent discussions growing in intensity, the sales pitches will only grow stronger. Well, my favorite sales pitch is coming not from an agent, but from the similarity scores at baseball-reference.com. The player to whom Carl Crawford was most similar to statistically — through ages 26, 27 and 28 — is none other than Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.
The scores, introduced by Bill James, reveal a player's closest statistical twin. James' system is point-based — and no gimmick. Crawford's slash line through age 28 is indeed quite similar to Clemente's.

Clemente: .303/.337/.439
Crawford: .296/.337/.444

Such comparisons are never perfect. Clemente's numbers are more impressive considering he competed in a less offensive era. He also played right field and had a much stronger arm than Crawford, who plays left. Crawford, on the other hand, is a far more accomplished base stealer. The next Clemente? That might be a stretch. But Crawford's at least in the discussion, and that's a start."

Crawford and Beltre are great players. It'd be great to have them back in Boston in 2011. That's all, folks!

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