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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

LA's MATT HURST SCREWS UP--SHOWS HIS TRUE FEELINGS ABOUT MARIANO RIVERA

Being a BBWAA member means you can be selected to vote on post season baseball awards which have huge financial implications. Matt Hurst controls millions of dollars though he simply works for a suburban California newspaper. Why? He gets 'opportunities' to cast votes in AL post season awards. Today, BIG MATT SEZ:
  • "Move over Mariano. At just 25, (Frankie) Rodriguez has become the standard for closers."
"THE STANDARD FOR CLOSERS?" Mariano should move over from being the standard for closers, Matt Hurst says.
  • MATT MAY BE ADMITTING HE FAILED TO ACT ON HIS TRUE UNDERSTANDING. IN 2005 HE LEFT MARIANO RIVERA'S NAME ENTIRELY OFF HIS BALLOT FOR AL CY YOUNG AWARD WHICH HELPED LA ANGEL BARTOLO COLON GET THE AWARD. MATT HURST NOW LETS SLIP HE VIEWS RIVERA AS HAVING BEEN THE STANDARD UP UNTIL THIS MOMENT, WHEN HE PROCLAIMS HIS GUY KROD IS KING.
Hurst's proof for this grand statement? Other guys on the Angels team. Not saying Krod isn't great or the team guys might feel a tiny bit like supporting their own team mate. He spends the rest of the column pumping the "total saves" stat which is the baseball media mafia's way of diverting your attention from a bunch of more interesting closer stats. 2006 K-rod Stats:
  • Wild Pitches by K-rod: 10
  • Wild Pitches by Mariano: 0
  • HR given up Krod: 7
  • HR given up Mariano: 3
  • Walks Krod: 28
  • Walks Mariano: 11
  • G/GF Krod: 69/58 (84%)
  • G/GF Mariano: 63/59 (93.6%)
  • 1 out "Saves" Krod: 2
  • 1 out "Saves" Mariano: 0
  • GO/AO Krod: .94
  • GO/AO Mariano: 2.16
  • WHIP Krod: 1.10
  • WHIP Mariano: .96
  • Just a few stats Matt Hurst failed to mention about Krod in 2006 I looked up. I guess Matt Hurst thought everyone would believe his reliance on the "total saves" stat and not look up other important stats for a closer. Mo didn't have a manager who gave him cookie "saves" like the 2 1-out saves Krod got.
Oh yes....
  • Fist-pumps Krod: Dozens
  • Fist-pumps Mariano: O

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