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Monday, April 11, 2005

Tomorrow Is Going To Be a Ton of LA Times Fun...

If the first entry is any indication. So let me get this straight. The Dodgers are 4-2, and when we last left the L.A. columnists of record, they were writing off the Dodgers's season, proclaiming Angel Stadium the new Valhalla, and asking Jeff Kent to do his best Alex Cora impersonation. Now the GIANTS are 4-2, having just come off a sweep of the National League's worst team at home, and without their two biggest bats, and they're "OK." Oh, everything's OK here folks, we're stealing bases against rookie catchers and beating Joe Kennedy into the ground while Clint Hurdle leaves him out there to die. Don't worry about us.

Is it even mildly relevant that the team the Giants swept was the Colorado Rockies? Shouldn't this even be mentioned in a "Yeah, but" sort of fashion, particularly since we are approximately six games into the season? Would it be just a wee bit early to make any firm conclusions regarding the Giants' season based on their dismantling of a team that outside of Coors, might not matchup with the Vegas 51s?

I don't know. You could try context. Or you could just write whatever Mike Matheny tells you. He's a CORP All-Star, after all.

UPDATE: Jerry is concerned that readers will not know what CORP is. CORP is a patented Fire Jim Tracy-created stat which stands for Chemistry Over Replacement Player. It is measured by the number of times a player is mentioned in a Bill Plaschke column within ten words of the word "chemistry," "heart" or "soul," then divided by the total number of Bill Plaschke columns. Buster Olney calls it "The single most important new stat developed in 2005. CORP is truly the cutting edge of what knowledgable outsiders can do to increase our understanding of the game." Thanks for that endorsement, Buster.

UPDATE 2: Yes, we should multiply that number by productive outs divided by games to date. We here at FJT are always looking for good ideas to improve our statistical analysis. Thank you.


  • But if CORP is to be truly indicative of... well, whatever it indicates, then you just gotta work in Buster Olney's all-time, favorite statistic: productive outs. I'll bet Matheny ranks way, way up there in productive outs.

    By Blogger Mr. Landon, at 4/12/2005 10:02:00 AM  

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