Objective?

     A reader disagreed with me in the comment section of my blog ranking the “5 Best 1B in Baseball.”.  And I am starting to see why.  I am pretty objective I feel, but I generally do rely on larger sample sizes, and I definitely believe in the numbers.  But it was probably inaccurate of me to rank Youkilis ahead of Morneau, and of course forgetting Lance Berkman was an oversight on my part.  Now I firmly believe after watching Youkilis all season, and after researching his numbers that he is a better hitter, and will be a better hitter the next few seasons then he was before this past season.  His OPS+ from 2007 was 117, and while that is solid enough, it is unspectacular for a 1B.  The 143 OPS+ that he posted in 2008 probably is somewhat of an aberration and may be a career year.  But again, I do believe he is better now than that of his 2007 self.  And I definitely know that he is better than Conor Jackson and Lyle Overbay.  But since I use roughly three year samples or more for most of my rankings/analysis, I feel that I should come clean and rank what turned out to be an inconsistency.  I tried to defend myself and cannot realistically agree with my original rankings.  But aside from that, Youkilis does display the versatility that I was referring to, and I am pretty sure he is better than what he did prior to 2008.  And I still believe that throughout his contract, Youkilis is a Bargain, as I stated in the blog after that.  And yes I would prefer having Youk for less than half the price of Teixiera, taking nothing away from Tex though as he is a great player.  

8 Comments

It’ll be interesting to see Youk and Tex go head to head in the same division this year. Should be fun.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Yes, Jane, it will.

I agree that Youkilis will continue to be great. He’s been so good against the Yankees that I’ve taken to referring to him as Kevin You Kill Us (in addition to “The Greek God of Walks”). We may not have even seen the best of him yet. The Red Sox absolutely got a bargain with him.

http://pinstripepride3.mlblogs.com

The thing is with Youkilis also, is that he hasn’t played for THAT long. Berkman has been around for a while. Youk’s first year with over 500 at-bats was 2006, so he’s just getting into his prime now. I compared him and Tex in my latest post, your blog actually inspired it!
But believe me, there’s no argument that Tex is an incredible player himself. He’s had a bit more experience that Youkilis but as Jane said… in the same division? That’s gonna be great!
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Yes, I believe that Youkilis is a late bloomer too because as you and I know by watching him, he is becoming a better hitter. His playing time was limited early in his career.

I’m not sure that you can call Youk a late bloomer – he hasn’t been around all that long! I am SO looking forward to the weekend of April 24-16 and the Yankees first trip to Fenway Park this season! Bring it on already!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I say that because his first full season wasn’t until he was 27 years old. So at this point, he has onlythree full years under his belt. And since he had his first GREAT year at age 29, that is why I said “late bloomer.”

Why do people forget the 2008 Gold Glove winning First baseman of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Carlos Pena made Evan Longoria, Akinora Iwamura and Jason Bartlett look better just by being on first base. For the past three years he has held his own with a 2006 Comeback Player of the Year award, 2007 Silver Slugger award, and this years Gold Glove.

Then I would go with, Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau, and in the National League, Conor Jackson and a new face to the list, Casey Kotchman with the Atlanta Braves.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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