Thursday, February 03, 2005

Way off.

Well apparently the Cubs answer to their outfield woes is the soon to be 36 year old man about town Jeremy Burnitz. I love when players extend their careers by going to Coors for a season and make everyone think that they are back. "Why yes Mr. Castilla, we can cash that for you."

Last year Burnitz' overall numbers were pretty impressive: .356/.559/.915 with 37 home runs and 110 RBI. You'd think getting a guy like that for $4.5 mil would be a steal. Except for the fact that he wasn't really that great away from Denver:

Home: .386/.670/1.057, 24 HR, 68 RBI
Away: .327/.448/.775, 13 HR, 42 RBI

By the way, Todd Zeile would kill for those away numbers. I'm not saying the Cubs shouldn't pick up Burnitz. As Colin showed further down, they don't have a ton of options. However, adding Burnitz pretty much solidifies that the Cubs will have one of the weaker outfields in the league. Intense fantasy baseball nutjob Eric Karabell from ESPN had a good point; If Burnitz comes in and matches his career averages, he'll put up the same numbers as Sosa did this year. I don't know how to feel about that. Chin up Chicago; you can probably still compete for the wild card with that sick rotation.


At February 3, 2005 at 10:34 AM, Blogger Justin said...

I think its obvious why Jeromy Burnitz was signed in Chicago: he has an extrememly high SORT (Style Over Replacement Trot). That's right, the main concern for Jim Hendry's troops in evaluating a replacement for Slammin Sammy was homerun trot. The trade of Sosa left a huge vacuum in style points for the Cubbies line-up. Evaluations were made internally and it was decided that power hitters Garciaparra, Derrick Lee, and Aramis Ramirez, while very productive, are very boring when rounding the bases. Sosa has one of the highest SORT (35.1) since Dante Bichette decided to walk the earth (or Nashua) as a knuckleballer. Burnitz's SORT culminated by a flailing twohanded wide open swing that is reminscent of a gay lumberjack is a mere 18.2 but that was almost 10 points better then anyone else avialable. When reached for comment, GM Hendry said, "Well we looked at his swing and made an executive decision that he's pretty fucking rad. So whattamy gonna do?" He then continued to shrug like Jackie Mason for 64 seconds, "It will be hard to replace that Sosa spice gringo."

At February 4, 2005 at 12:25 PM, Blogger Colin said...

Classic. What's Bret Boone's SORT? Do you get extra points for having frosted tips?


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