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Gelf's Varsity Letters reading series is back in action tomorrow night downtown at the Happy End Lounge (302 Broome street, between Forsyth and Eldridge). Harvey Frommer, who wrote the text for a gorgeous new over-sized book about Yankee Stadium, Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral and Narrative History of "The House that Ruth Built", will be there as a featured speaker as will Buster Olney, who wrote The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, and David Zirin, author of A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play. If you are around, pop on over and check, check it out.
Frankly, this, or some better comprehensive stats, should be posted on the top of every thread, until this dead horse is put to bed.
The below stats are CAREER stats, not cherrypicked from this (obviously) bad year or his more recent PS ABs.
These stats represent some of the important situations that can/do lead to runs. NOT accounted for in these stats is solo HRs, which indeed help to win ballgames but don't necessarily fall into any of the below categories.
Career OPS: 0.967
Career RISP: 0.955
Career Leading off: 0.979
Career Runners On: 0.981
Career Bases Loaded: 1.099
Career Hi Leverage: 0.974
It appears to me that ARods OPS in this situations averages a hair better then his overall OPS. The average of those 5 fields is .998, compared to .967, or 3% better then dead average. So he ain't 'Papi Clutch', but I don't see how he can be labeled unclutch.
While these numbers aren't everything, there are are lot of ABs (over his entire career) there, and I think pretty representative of what ARod has done.
I can't understand how people can trash ARod because of 'what they remember' or what the media drivel says. There are the numbers. If you debate the numbers, post some other numbers. But people's 'impression' that ARod is a choker, IMHO, are off base.
One thing about Banter, sooner or later your past catches up to you, huh? (I know your pain; I gave up elementary statistics and government cheese for the same reason!)
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