Re: Shane Far Superior Player to Ellsbury: Why are Red Sox Fans So Dilluded About Ellsbury?
posted at 10/10/2013 2:00 PM EDT
In response to RedSoxFireman's comment:
Since it's a "fact", enlighten us all on what numbers those would be?
2013 : Shane "Ells"
OPS .801 .781
RBI 61 53
HR 15 9
FanGraphs Advanced fielding
Ranking OF 11th 27th (Crisp ranked 10th Reddick Ranked 23rd
One year sample again, I see. One comment, Victorino benefits in the RBI total from having Ellsbury on base to knock in. Ellsbury has basically had Salty, Middlebrooks and Drew.
I don't know anyone who would dispute that Victorino is the superior defender, so no sense even discussing that. I would submit that Ellsbury is a more disruptive on the bases (not just steals, but the fear of steals)
Career numbers, normalized to 162 games (per Baseball Reference.com):
2013 : Shane Jacoby
OPS .774 .789
RBI 64 71
HR 14 15
Altogether, not that much different from each other offensively. Ellsbury is 2 years younger, which is a factor.
Rational people would take either one of them on their team. The Red Sox are lucky enough to have both for now. However, when it comes to Ellsbury, you are not rational. You can't even type his name, rather, you refer to him in quotes. Rather childish.
Is he worth $20+M per year. No, but is any ballplayer?