Scott Boras is the Anti-Baseball

I shudder whenever I hear that name. He turned Barry Zito into the most overpaid pitcher since Darren Dreifort, who he also represented. A few weeks ago he was calling for a Best-of-Nine World Series with so much advertising and spectacle that it was downright sickening. Understandably, all the MLB players asked were against the idea.

But now what is he proposing? A new stat, the EP, or Exceptional Play. Why? Possibly because he is a money-grubbing moron (although he is quite ingenious in his methods of getting the best contracts for his agents).

Not only are there already quite a few stats for defensive ability, but adding one for an ‘EP’ is practically immeasurable. How do you differentiate between an Endy Chavez home run robbing, a Carlos Beltran Houston hill-catch, an Aaron Rowand face breaker, and a Shane Victorino leap into the stands? While all four are great plays, one is a product of idiotic stadium design and wouldn’t make the highlight reel in any other park (Beltran) and another is ridiculously foolish (Victorino, he even said it himself).

Having a stat to measure highlight reel plays is madness. A GM will be aware of how able a player is to make plays and will generally go for the more consistent fielder anyway. How do you think Rey Ordonez was able to play 9 seasons in MLB?

Defensive stats used on Baseball-Reference and/or Baseball Prospectus: PO, A, E, DP, FP, lgFP, RFg, lgRFg, RF9, lgRF9, PB (catchers only), Rate, Rate2, FRAA, FRAP, FRAR. That is 16 stat categories and I’m sure there are others out there that are even more specific. These are also much more easily measurable than something that depends on the judgement of whatever individual happens to be the authority at that time. Granted, the umpire’s definition of a strike zone can be somewhat amorphous throughout a game, but that is actually a requirement for the game to be played.

The EP, Boras said, should be an easy sell.
“ESPN has told us we need to do this,” he said. “They have web gems.”

I fairly sure ESPN hasn’t demanded that another stat cat appear, nor would they care that much, they enjoy focusing on HR, RBI, R, SB, BA, W, ERA, K, and SV. The Web Gems are a chance to see the best of the defensive plays. Much like the best saves by goalies are shown on highlight reels. They are counted as saves as a stat, but they do not garner any other recognition beyond the media attention and it should stay that way.

However, if the decaying baseball minds make the mistake of going through with this then I would mandate that Randy Johnson’s bird destruction be labeled as an EP. Additionally we should select random parks to pepper the outfield with land mines, add moats around and throughout the infield, and make the batter’s box a springboard.

2 Responses

  1. Boras also wants Dice K’s pitches to be limited to 100 an outing–he usually goes for about 120.

    In response, the Sox manager Terry Francona had this to say (loose quote) “When you run a team, then you do whatever your heart desires, but as far as now goes…fuck off” (Again, very loose quotations. Actually, that could quite possibly be just a random interpretation of what I thought he meant to say.)

    Scott Boras sucks in all aspects. Baseball equivalent to Drew Rosenhaus.

    Fun Fact…Rosenhaus has an automatic red lamborghini–enabled so he can talk on the phone and drive at the same time.

  2. Can’t agree more. And I love this:

    “pepper the outfield with land mines, add moats around and throughout the infield, and make the batter’s box a springboard”

    Ever since that abomination in Houston came into being I’ve been suggesting moats and crocs in the outfield.

    As a Cubs fan, I’m disappointed the Cubs are working on signing Prince Fielder – not because of Prince Fielder, but because his agent is going to try to make it be a bad deal. If we still had Hendry, Fielder would already have a 15-year, $400M deal. This will be an interesting power struggle between Theo and Scott “Satan’s Firstborn” Boras. Also as a Cubs fan, I’m happy the Asstros are moving to the junior league and taking their hill with them

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