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Pirates’ Recent Trades Disregard On Base Percentage, the “True” Metric

Published by on June 9, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

I'll be the first to admit, that after a rocky start, Andy LaRoche was a decidedly better player than I had given him credit for. But he is still not as good as the man he replaced.

This is a reference to Jason Bay, for whom he was traded, right? No, Jose Bautista.

Is Jose Bautista the laughing stock of the Pittsburgh Pirates? Jose Bautista, a star player on some other team than the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bautista is hitting .265, just a bit better than Pirate fans may remember him. LaRoche is now batting around .300. But get this: Bautista's on base percentage (OBP) is around .400, about the same as Jason Bay's. (Both men are near the top of their respective teams in this regard.) LaRoche's is around ....

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