The Beane-Watch Continues

Asher B. Chancey, Baseball Evolution, July 9, 2005

 

Last night's game in which the Athletics beat the White Sox brought up an interesting comparison between current Athletics and former Athletics.

 

As you may recall, the A's decided not to pick up a hefty option on Jermaine Dye in the off-season. Dye signed with the White Sox and is making $4 million this year.

 

The A's did, however, decide to trade for Jason Kendall, a very high priced catcher from the Pittsburgh Pirates. This was done ostensibly because Kendall has a fantastic career on base percentage.

 

How about a little Tale of the Tape:

 

Jermaine Dye

Player

Jason Kendall

RF

Position

C

31

Age

31

$ 4 million

Salary

$ 10.571 million

279

AB

302

.272

AVG

.272

.334

OBP

.355

.534

SLG

.315

20

BB

32

50

K

22

19

HR

0

45

RBI

22

42

Runs

39

12

GDP

13

149

TB

95

 

Well, Billy Beane has done it again! Jason Kendall DOES have a better on-base percentage!

 

That Billy Beane is a genius!

 

But seriously folks. Its amazing that no one predicted that Jason Kendall would be a disappointment at the time the trade was made.

 

Oh wait . . . someone did.