Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I Shouldn't Ask....But?

Big Moose Wouldn't Jaromir Jagr prefer a big moose-type center, regardless of nationality, rather than another Czech player?

Wasn't it inevitable that the soft Ranger defense would wilt in a playoff series? The signs were there very early and the Ranger Pundit kept pointing them out even when we were winning.

The softness of the defense pointed out the greatness of the goal tending right up to the doomed collapse. It showcased the greatness of the Prince, Henrik Lundqvist I, who was all world until the Olympics.

How does Lundqvist become one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy and doesn't get a mention as rookie of the year?

Signing Petr Sykora is the key ingredient for the Rangers to pick up two big free agents, Patrik Elias and Jason Arnott, and to the establishment of a tough, high scoring second line.

If the Rangers do pick up Elias and Arnott and resign Sykora, will "Sweet Caroline" be abandoned for Duke Ellington's "Take The A Train?"

Do the Rangers really need both Blair Betts and Dominic Moore? Do we really need two checking lines?

While Zdeno Chara would look good on Broadway shouldn't we give guys like Pock, Baranka and Stahl a chance to make the starting team?

What is more important? Signing free agents for a quick run to the Cup or continue with the slow steady progress of rebuilding?

Is Tom Renney the coach to take the Rangers to the next step?

Casablanca is the greatest movie ever made.

Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis are the greatest to ever be on the screen.

All aspiring actresses should be made to watch Bette Davis in Jezebel and Dark Victory to see what acting is all about.

Patsy's on 74th Street off of Columbus makes the greatest pizza in the world.

After his first five years in the majors, Barry Bonds, ranked seventh in every hitting category rated average against the likes of Albert Pujols, A-Rod, Ken Griffey, Jr., Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and Hank Aaron in their first five years.

Williams was first in BA with a .353 average, Joe D. was second with a .343 and Bonds was last with a .265.

In Home Runs Pujols was first with 40 HR's, Joe D. was second with 34 HR's and Bonds beat out A-Rod for last. Bonds had 23 HR's to A-Rods 21.

For the RBI crown, Joe D. was the champ with 138 RBI's followed by Ted Williams with 128 RBI's. Bonds was last with 67 RBI's, three less than A-Rod.

Of course all these numbers were before Bonds embarked on his rigorous training program and before he discovered Coolaid.

World War II killed any chance of Joe D. and Williams of putting up monster career numbers. They both lost three years each in the service. Williams lost an additional two for the Korean War. Ted Williams was the greatest hitter I ever saw. He was the last player to hit .400. In 1941 he hit .406.

Who are these 9% of major league ballplayers who rated Derek Jeter the most over rated player in the majors? Currently Jeter is third in BA, fourth in total hits, fourth in on base %, eight in walks and is only six runs behind the league leader. To top it off he leads the Yanks in RBI's with 34. To cap it off he is only two hits shy of 2000 hits in his career and could posibly be the first Yankee ever to get 3000 hits. Over rated?

Jaromir Jagr should win the MVP and MOP awards and only the prejudice of Canadien writers stand in his way.

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  • David said...

    I have to disagree with you about Ted Williams. He only played in one World Series. In 7 games against St. Louis, he hit .200, no doubles, no triples, no homers, and 1 RBI. All his regular-season greatness (which I don't mean to take away from him) means a lot less if he can't lead his team to a World Series win.

  • Donny E. Brook said...

    Williams is the "greatest" hitter. No doubt. Not the greatest baseball player -- Ruth, Mays, Aaron??

    FYI-regarding the 1946 World Series-

    Williams may also have been playing with an elbow injured during a pre-World Series exhibition game played while the Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers were playing a best-of-three series to determine the National League champion.

    Williams is second to Ruth in career slugging percentage (.634), and first in on-base percentage (.482).

    FYI Bonds has a career .442 OBP and .611 SLG.

    Only way to get to the World Series back then was win the pennant. No playoffs.

    Did I mention - No steroids.

    Leading your team is one thing, but you still need pitching. All the leadership and hitting in the world can't make up for a lack of pitching. Yanks had that in spades back then. Williams was a pure hitter-great eyes. He wrote the book on hitting.

    Too bad his head is stuffed in freezer somewhere. He deserved better.

  • mike said...

    David-Greatest hitter not player or leader. Joe D was a leader but not the hitter Ted was. Joe D was also a better player but Ted could hit.

  • mike said...

    donny e. brook-You are right on. Add Joe D to the greatest player list. Just think, Ruth 'wasted' five years as a pitcher and drank a lot of beer.