Tim McCarver just said Kevin Youkilis and Shea Hillenbrand were very similar players.
I repeat, Tim McCarver just said Kevin Youkilis and Shea Hillenbrand were very similar players.
For the uninitiated, Kevin Youkilis is famous (or at least he's famous to me) for his plate discipline -- he's known in Moneyball
as the Greek God of Walks.
Shea Hillenbrand, meanwhile, absolutely hates to walk.
In his first season in the bigs, with the Red Sox, Shea Hillenbrand walked 13 times. The whole year. 468 at-bats. 13 walks.
That's exactly once every 36 at-bats.
In his first season in the bigs, with the Red Sox, Kevin Youkilis walked 33 times. In only 208 at-bats.
That's once every 6.3 at-bats.
He's been even better this year, walking once every 4.4
Over the course of his very short major league career, Kevin Youkilis' OBP is 106 points higher than his batting average. Shea Hillenbrand's career OBP is 37 points higher than his BA.
And hey, it turns out that Youkilis' batting average through these first few hundred at-bats is higher than Hillenbrand's for his first season.
So no, Tim, they're not actually very similar.
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