Sunday, April 11, 2010

30/100 GUYS

I was talking to a buddy of mine last week and we were chatting about the upcoming fantasy baseball season. He was asking me about some players and what kind of years I thought they were going to have this year. We started talking about a specific player who is a young guy with only a few years of Major League experience under his belt. I think the guy is a solid MLB player, but my buddy says he will never be anything that good and shouldn't even have a starting job next year. His reasoning was, "he's never going to be a 30 home run 100 RBI guy. I think they should just try to trade him or release him if nobody else wants him."

This got me thinking about the numbers 30 home runs and 100 RBI. I don't know why everyone seems to bring up these numbers all the time. Yes they sound, and even look really pretty, but if you can put up these numbers you are not an average player, you are an all-star player. I ended up searching online to find out how many 30 home run 100 RBI guys there were last year. It turns out there were 16. That is it, 16 guys out of the around 300 positional players that get enough playing time to put up these type of numbers. There were a few guys that were either a few RBI away or a few home runs away, so I'll even round up to 20 guys. I don't know if some people are still stuck in the "steroid era" when leadoff hitters were hitting 30 home runs, but 30/100 are not good numbers, they are great numbers. I had to slap my buddy around a little bit to get this in his head, but I think I succeeded.

Let me know what you think about the subject. If you think I am wrong you can yell at me, I won't take it personal. I'm just interested to see what you think.
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