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THE MAN WHO WASN'T
2003-04-04 07:34
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE

Lee Sinns is the man behind the sabermetric baseball encyclopedia. Sinns also distributes a daily news e-mail that is remarkable on two counts: 1) for it's wealth of information, and 2) for it's price---it's free! Any serious baseball fan should not waste another moment before signing up for Sinns' ATM report here.

Two nights ago, Bernie Williams collected the 1000th RBI of his career. Sinns paid tribute to my most favorite Yankee in yesterday's ATM Report:


Yankees CF Bernie Williams reached 1000 career RBI.

Williams became the 10th player to reach 1000 with the Yankees--

RBI
1 Lou Gehrig 1995
2 Babe Ruth 1968
3 Joe DiMaggio 1537
4 Mickey Mantle 1509
5 Yogi Berra 1430
6 Bill Dickey 1209
7 Tony Lazzeri 1154
8 Don Mattingly 1099
9 Bob Meusel 1005
10 Bernie Williams 1000

Despite the disinformation campaign being waged by the NY media to declare
Derek Jeter to be the most important offensive player during the Yankees
run of success, Williams has dominated the comparison between the 2, during
the time they've been teammates--

SLG OBA OPS RCAA OWP RC/G
Williams .538 .409 .947 315 .698 8.16
Jeter .464 .390 .854 217 .634 6.97

The only significant area where Jeter wins the comparison is outs, where he
holds a 364 out edge, in 461 extra PA. Jeter's OBA is the equivalent of
having the same .409 OBA as Williams in Williams's number of PA and then
having a .182 OBA (which would even make Neifi Perez look like a star by
comparison) in an amount of playing time that many starting players don't
get over the course of a season.

If Bernie can manage to stay healthy, he has a shot to beat out Yogi, and break into the top 5. Pretty good company, wouldn't you say?

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