Here’s Frank Robinson — Vice President of Baseball Operations — talking about the many blown calls so far this postseason. Listen to this and tell me if you think instant replay is going to be expanded any time soon:
What people don’t understand is that this is a different era now.
This is strictly an electronic era that shows every little wrinkle,
every little mistake. The margin of a mistake is minute. And they still
complain about the call being missed.
In the old days when people thought umpires were better than they are
today . . . if that play had been 10 years ago, there would have been
nothing said about it. Believe me. The game would have went on with
nothing said about it. That’s the problem today. (Television) shows every little piece of
dirt that you can find in the game. There’s nothing wrong with it. But
it creates controversy. It puts undue pressure on the umpires. And they
are criticized unfairly.
19th Century Policeman: Captain! I think I’ve solved the Colonel Stilson murder!
Captain: That’s wonderful, Officer MacDougal! Did you get the butler to confess?
Policeman: No, sir. But our chemists have developed a new technology by which we were able to determine that the butler had handled the bloody candlestick prior to it being used to bludgeon poor Colonel Stilson! His fingers, you see, left telltale marks, unique to him alone!
Captain: Really, officer. This is what you bring me? Marks from a man’s fingers? Why, ten years ago, we would have had
nothing on which to charge this butler if he had not confessed to the crime. Believe me. He would have walked free with
nothing said about it. That’s the problem today. This new learning reveals every little piece of evidence that can found. There’s nothing wrong with it, mind you, but it creates such a controversy and causes criminals to be criticized unfairly. Please release the butler.
Officer: But . . . but Captain! He did it! We know this to be true! He murdered Colonel Stilson!
Captain: If you continue on in this manner, Officer MacDougal, I shall have no choice but to levy a fine. Now, go back and see if the butler might confess. Good day.
Officer: But —
Captain: I SAID ‘GOOD DAY!’
Mike Trout may not win another MVP award, because Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays had a great season and voters seem to be leaning his way, but the Angels center fielder just completed his fourth MVP-caliber campaign in four full seasons as a major leaguer.
Trout has now either won the MVP or (presumably) finished runner-up at age 20, age 21, age 22, and age 23. And there were certainly cases to be made that he was deserving of all four MVP awards. It’s been an incredible start to a career. But how incredible?
Here are the all-time leaders in Wins Above Replacement through age 23:
37.6 – Mike Trout
36.0 – Ty Cobb
34.2 – Ted Williams
31.4 – Mel Ott
30.1 – Ken Griffey Jr.
29.7 – Mickey Mantle
27.7 – Alex Rodriguez
27.5 – Al Kaline
26.7 – Arky Vaughan
26.5 – Rogers Hornsby
I mean, just look at the 10 names on that list. Ridiculous, and Trout sits atop all of them.
Trout has been the subject of intense MVP-related debates in three of his four seasons, but regardless of which side of that coin you favor don’t let it obscure the fact that we’re witnessing something truly special here. There’s certainly room to quibble with the exact rankings–WAR is merely one prominent and easy way to do such things–but however you slice it Trout has been one of the best handful of players in the history of baseball through age 23.
Last week impending free agent Chris Davis expressed frustration that the Orioles had not approached him about a contract extension during the season, pointing out that the team had previously locked up other players like J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones mid-season.
Now that the season is over and Davis had another monster year Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun that re-signing Davis is “a top priority” and added:
He’s had a great year and he’s been a great player for us, so obviously, we’d like to have him back. Whether we can do that in the market, that remains to be seen, but we’re going to try.
Davis is 29 years old, has some defensive versatility, and has led the league in homers in two of the past three seasons while posting an .891 OPS during that time. He’s going to get plenty of huge multi-year offers and based on some of Duquette’s other quotes within Encina’s article it sure sounds like the Orioles are preparing for life without him.