Posts Tagged ‘Chipper Jones’

Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Matt Moore Loses, David Wright Breaks Finger & More for @TheFantasyFix

Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Matt Moore Loses, David Wright Breaks Finger & More for The Fantasy Fix: http://www.thefantasyfix.com/1/post/2012/04/lang-dailyfix-41112.html.

The column covers fantasy baseball and roto impressions from last night, focusing on Matt Moore, Austin Jackson, Dee Gordon, Daniel Bard, Edwin Encarnacion, Kelly Johnson, Neftali Feliz, Kyle Lohse, David Freese, David Wright, Justin Turner, Wei-Yin Chin, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, Kyle Drabeck, Chris Young, Edinson Volquez, and much more!

Any Player/Any Era: Bobby Grich for Baseball Past and Present

Any Player/Any Era: Bobby Grich for Baseball Past and Present: http://baseballpastandpresent.com/2012/03/22/playerany-era-bobby-grich/. A look at the great career of Grich and how he might have fared on the 1990s Atlanta Braves.

Baseball Daily Digest Radio with Joel Henard and Albert Lang will air at 7:00 ET

Baseball Daily Digest Radio with Joel Henard and Albert Lang will air at 7:00 ET: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefantasyinsiders/2012/02/21/baseball-daily-digest-radio-with-joel-henard-and-albert-lang.

We’ll have two special guests and talk Jonathan Papelbon, Ichiro, Chipper Jones, Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Dylan Bundy, Jameson Taillon, Addison Reed, Matt Moore, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Gary Carter, Tim Wakefield, Mike Cameron, A.J. Burnett, Johan Santana, Mike Moustakas, David Freese, Brett Lawrie, Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval, Chase Headley, Danny Valencia, Adam Dunn, Edinson Volquez and much more.

h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold Fantasy Baseball) All-Stars

Players get hot and cold over a seven-day period, it’s as sure as the samples are small.

That is why Katy created the Hot ‘N’ Cold All-stars.

Cause you’re hot…you’re yes…you’re in…you’re up

Eric Thames – It was a blistering seven-day stretch for Thames: 9/27 with eight runs and three dingers. Thames, after 239 MLB plate appearances, sits at a .272/.319/.475 line (everything you hoped Delmon Young could be). While he strikes out 23.3% of the time, has a 12.3% swinging strike rate, and doesn’t walk (just 5.9%), his line drive percentage (24.4) is pretty impressive. He’ll likely never be an on base machine, but I don’t see why he can’t hit .270 the rest of the way with 5-7 more homers. In that line-up, he should provide plenty of RBIs and runs, as well.

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h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Chili Davis

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Man, Topps had a real succinct way to sum up Davis’ life as it stood in 1987. He likes to cook, swim, jog and travel – but one thing is missing: hitting (more on that later).

Cooking, yeah that can be fun and delicious, travelling – not so bad (if you’re not being literal). However, who really likes yogging? I mean it’s just running for as long as you can. Some of my long-term readers know I run a decent amount, but I don’t enjoy it — it’s simply the easiest way to get cardio and combat the two helpings of French Fries I had last weekend. Seriously, just because I run fast (did 7.3 miles in 51:29 recently) doesn’t mean I like it. In fact, it means I hate it and want to get it over with ASAP.

That is all well and good, perfect and succinct (tongue and cheek) analysis, but I’ll posit that what the card misses is Davis love of hitting. Davis has the 11th most at bats in major league baseball history by a switch-hitter (8,673 — more than Mickey Mantle, Ruben Sierra, Bernie Williams and Maury Wills). He also has the (not surprisingly) 13th most hits by a switch hitter with 2,380 — just 35 less than the Mick. He wasn’t hitting wimpy singles either — he logged the ninth best slugging percentage (.451) by a switch hitter, just behind Carl Everett of all people. With that slugging percentage, it wouldn’t surprise you that he ended with the fifth most RBIs by a switch hitter…more than Pete Rose and Chipper Jones.

Oddly enough, he finished with the 16th most career intentional walks since 1955. Davis had 188 which was tied with Ted Simmons and more than Dave Winfield, Rafael Palmeiro, Frank Thomas, Reggie Jackson and Harmon Killebrew. Another thing he did better than just about every player? Hit home runs from both sides of the plate in a single game — he did it 11 times and tied for the most all-time with Eddie Murray.

Lastly, Davis played in the 62nd most games in MLB history (2,436) — more than Killebrew and Mike Schmidt. I’ll submit that any time you do several things that Hall of Famers didn’t, you’ve had a worthwhile career.

Maybe all that cooking helped him relax and focus. Clearly the swimming and yogging must have helped his longevity. Also a like of travelling couldn’t hurt as the daily baseball grind includes long hours in planes. But, in reality, I’m sure a love of putting the ball in play made Chili an underrated player in the ’80s and ’90s.

One question? Do you think Davis made chili? If so, was it caliente?

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For the history of this series, check out this article: Check You Out On the Flip Side: Howard Johnson.