Posted by: pj at October 30, 2002 08:24 PM

PJ -- I said "Must be a player who spent most of his productive career playing after the 1933 introduction of the All-Star game."

Basileus -- Karros plays first base, the least demanding defensive position, and is no wizard over there. Salmon plays right field, the *third* least demanding defensive position, and played it wonderfully until leg injuries & weight have slowed him down in the last year or two.

But mostly, Salmon's numbers are better:

Batting Average
EK: .268
TS: .285

On-base Percentage
EK: .325 (ouch!)
TS: .390

Slugging Percentage
EK: .457
TS: .511

Despite playing in 213 fewer games, Salmon has:
* scored 111 more runs
* hit eight more triples, just 1 less home run, and just 13 fewer doubles

Karros has hit into 166 double plays. Salmon has hit into 76.

Through the 2001 season, Salmon had been among his league's top 10 in:
On-base percentage (3 times)
Slugging percentage (2 times)
On-base plus slugging (2 times)
RBI (2 times)
Runs (2 times)
Home runs (4 times)
Doubles (1 time)
Total Bases (2 times)
Hits (1 time)
Walks (5 times)

He had twice finished 7th in MVP voting.

Through the 2001 season, Karros had been among his league's top 10 in:
Slugging Percentage (1 time)
On-base plus Slugging (1 time)
Hits (1 time)
Total Bases (1 time)
RBI (1 time)
(each of the previous achievements came in the same year, 1995)
Home runs (2 times)
Doubles (1 time)

Karros finished 5th one year in the MVP voting. Both men were rookies of the year.

I think Salmon's got Karros smoked.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 31, 2002 02:37 PM

Matt's right. Karros's offensive stats suffer some from Dodger Stadium, but they sure don't suffer that much. Karros has pretty much sucked the proverbial rope, what, five out of the last six years?

Posted by: Colby Cosh at November 3, 2002 10:01 PM
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