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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Greatest Major League Baseball Players Ever, #198-197, KEN BOYER AND ANDRUW JONES




#198 KEN BOYER - 3B Cardinals
1955-69
OPS+ 116
BFW 20.4
WARP3 99.3
Had the glove you think with a slightly better bat; just a good, solid ballplayer; he made the list instead of Ron Cey

#197 ANDRUW JONES - CF Braves
1996-present
OPS+ 112
BFW 21.6
WARP3 92.6
Active ballplayers are going to get a bump on the list, not an excessive one, as it's not a projected list for the rest of their career, but a reflection of where they are at time of writing; but, you know, I am a farsighted decider, and within the possible range in which a player could fall, guys with more value left get the benefit of the doubt.
Jones's benefit is smaller than would it have been 18 months ago, but don't miss that his earlier career glove was very, very valuable. He's here instead of similar glove based CF like Kenny Lofton and Chet Lemon.

Revelation 6 - Fox News Is What You Think It Is.

Her name is Liz Trotta. If you can think of an analogy where a similar comment has been made on a news station about a major Presidential candidate, I'd love to hear it.

We live in a country where African-Americans who are poised to break major sports records are still bombarded with death threats. How do you suppose it will be as we near election day?