Panda Watch!

Now that A.J. Burnett is likely out of the picture, the Blue Jays will have to look for some ‘rare beast’ of a player in free agency.  Who might that be?  Well, people have floated around Canadian Ryan Dempster and almost every available bat in the free agent market, with the exception of Adam Dunn, we all know where J.P. stands on him.  Manny Ramirez looks like a panda, well kind of.  No question, that guy is a great hitter, but I think he is going to still be with the Dodgers.  The whole ‘Panda Watch’ thing is from the movie ‘Anchorman’, if you were wondering.

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3 comments

  1. districtboy

    It was always sort of weird that Ricciardi called out Dunn when, if you consider it, he fits the “Moneyball” mold. He has a career OBP of .381 and a .899 OPS. Maybe that radio interview gave hint as to why Ricciardi has not been quite as successful as other students of sabermetrics like Epstein, Mozeliak, Friedman, or Daniels.

    Aaron
    http://districtboy.mlblogs.com/

  2. districtboy

    It was always sort of weird that Ricciardi called out Dunn when, if you consider it, he fits the “Moneyball” mold. He has a career OBP of .381 and a .899 OPS. Maybe that radio interview gave hint as to why Ricciardi has not been quite as successful as other students of sabermetrics like Epstein, Mozeliak, Friedman, or Daniels.

    Aaron
    http://districtboy.mlblogs.com/

  3. welikeroywelikeroy

    It is one thing to try and mold your team around ‘Moneyball’ sabermetrics, like OBP and OPS and those other conncocted stats, it is another thing to try and PREACH that to your players. You can’t alter a players hitting approach to fit a certain ideal of winning. The Jays found that out the hard way last season. I think those that are successful with it find players that fit the mold, and then they don’t have to preach anything to them.

    Preaching that style of ball is what hurt the Jays last season and ultimately ended Manager John Gibbons and Hitting Coach Larry Denbo’s job.

    I definately agree though, Ricciardi didn’t quite grasping the ideals of ‘moneyball’ in a way that might have been more successful. To be honest, I’m glad that they are rid it now. However, that makes me wonder why J.P. is still around?

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