No sabermetric rant here. Would like to just make note of some ordinary, run-of-the-mill shoddy research in a major metropolitan newspaper, The Boston Globe
. Thanks to reader Lori, who did the legwork:The article purports to compare Red Sox rookie OF David Murphy to his youthful peers. Murphy was drafted in 2003. In a hilarious/pathetic attempt to put the young man in context, Cafardo offers up this one:
“The '03 draft produced Rocco Baldelli, Mark Teixeira, Jose Reyes, Joe Mauer, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Morneau, Johan Santana, Travis Haffner [sic], Hanley Ramirez, Rich Harden, Lastings Milledge, Brandon Wood, Nick Markakis, Chad Cordero, and Rickey [sic] Weeks.”
He forgot Clemens, Pujols, and Bonds.
The truth, thanks to maybe 3 minutes of mouse-clicking:
Baldelli – 2000 draft
Teixeira – 2001 draft
Reyes – signed as amateur free agent, 1999
Mauer – 2001 draft
Cabrera – signed as amateur free agent, 1999
Morneau – 1999 draft
Santana – signed as amateur free agent in 1995
Hafner – signed in 1997
Ramirez – signed as undrafted free agent in 2000 (by the team Cafardo covers EVERY DAY)
Harden – 2000 draft
You'll notice that they've since fixed the online version
, but Rickie Weeks' name remains misspelled. Cafardo, did you really have to do all that to make David Murphy look bad?
EDIT: Plus, he follows up that crazy inaccurate list with When one thinks of it in that context, Murphy hasn't measured up, but the journey isn't over.
Well, yeah, when you think of almost anyone in that completely made up list of arbitrarily-selected superplayers, they won't measure up. Not to mention that Weeks, Milledge and Markakis were all already off the board when Murphy was drafted.
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