Personally, I think Billy Martin said it best when he said, “Hey! I can drive!”
Of course, this is not my opinion, but one of the guy who dreamt to be the starting centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox. Me? I think Joe Maddon said it best when he started rookie John Jaso over Dioner Navarro last week: “It’s not very complicated. Jaso, he’s hot.”
I will leave it to other people to battle it out whether the word hot is properly used when describing Eva Mendes or above average results in baseball over a period of time. I will use the word and show what I came up with in my first crack at Retrosheet play by play data.
I realize (well, sort of, since I never read it) that Tango covers similar topic in The Book. Apart from having a much cooler name, I am sure his analysis is done in a more scientific way and is more valuable. But, hey, I live on AN, he doesn’t, so this is what you get.