David Schoenfield wrote an article on August 12 talking about the most overrated players on each MLB team, and he had the stones to say that David Ortiz was the most overrated player on the Boston Red Sox.
“What does it mean to be overrated? It doesn’t mean the player is necessarily bad, just not as great as the hype would indicate. So in coming up with this list, I tried to weigh a general perception of how the player is viewed and how that contrasts with his actual on-field value. I’m sure I made some choices you’ll disagree with. That’s OK. Fire away. (Note: Teams are listed in order of the current standings.)”
Uh… Jackass… David Ortiz is 40 years old. The dude can barely walk(he has awful feet, not an old person joke). You don’t need to get deep into stats and tell me, “Well, in these two statistics he is lacking, and that makes him overrated.”
Here’s where he ranks among the MLB in significant categories:
- Batting Average: 3rd in AL, .317
- On Base Percentage: 6th, .410
- Slugging Percentage: 1st, .628
- OBP + Slugging: 1st, 1.028
- Doubles: 1st, 38
- Home Runs:10th, 28
- Extra Base Hits: 1st,67
- Runs Batted In: 3rd, 95
- Offensive Win Percentage: 3rd, .763
“It doesn’t mean the player is bad, just not as great as the hype would indicate.”
Not as great as the hype would indicate? The hype for Big Papi is that he’s 40 years old and on the final stretch of his victory lap, and he’s STILL putting up numbers like these. Those numbers indicate that Ortiz is having a very good season. Only number he’s on the edge of the top 10 is with home runs, but he’s tied for the most on the Red Sox… If he were the most overrated player on the Sox, I don’t think he’d be at the top of that category either.
“I tried to weigh a general perception of how the player is viewed and how that contrasts with his actual on-field value.”
David Ortiz is viewed as a Designated Hitter. He’s viewed as a guy who hits the ball and hits it well. Using the prior argument, look at his stats from this season. He’s clearly hitting the ball, and he’s clearly hitting it well. What more do you want to ask from the guy? Oh, does he need to play in the field? Is that what it takes?
Oops… Nice try Schoenfield. One game at first base and Papi’s making web gems. Better luck next time, chump.
What makes this even more ridiculous is Schoenfield chose to call one of our most surprising players this year overrated instead of the most obvious disappointment, David Price. His first year after signing a 7-year, $217 million contract he is 11-8 on 26 starts with a 4.19 ERA. Sure he’s above .500, but when you sign someone to a $217 million deal you’d at least expect a performance similar to last year when he went 18-5.
P.S. Since Schoenfield’s article was posted, Ortiz has been hitting .350 with 2 HRs, 5 RBI, and 5 BBs. His On Base Percentage is .480 during that stretch… Not sure why ESPN pays this guy to spew out lies.