LEFT BEHIND NO. 15
Rule 5 Pickup: The Left Behinders made a serious drafting mistake. I neglected to grab Pat Jarvis last week when Mac ejected him from the Elect on his miscount. Pat should have been instantly put on the Left Behind 18 when Mac exposed him to waivers; see Mac’s detailed analysis below.
The Little Bulldog has to be on the 44.
God forgive me.
He has three full seasons under his belt, so he qualifies. And his slugging percentage is – God forgive me – better than Dale Murphy’s. It’s better than everybody on Mac’s list except 3 guys, all of whom are in the top ten.
And — he may have the best glovework of any starting first baseman the Braves have ever had.
I really don’t like LaRoche. I think he dogs it quite a bit. He’s never stolen a base in 400 games. Maybe he can’t remember which way second is. I don’t think he’s that slow; I think he’s lazy. He cost us the Astros series when he jogged to third instead of going all out and scoring (easily).
But his comparable hitters include Lee May, Glenn Davis, Mo Vaughn, David Ortiz, and Cecil Fielder. If he has one more roughly comparable season, he has to go on the list of 44. He’s 28th in homeruns now. If he hits 20 more, he’ll be 17th. If he hits 30 more, he’ll be 15th.
God forgive me.
Mac’s Additional Commentary: I disagree; I think he really is that slow. Anyway, he’s not on the list because I don’t call his career three “full” seasons. He’s played 400 games, exactly; three full seasons would be 486. LaRoche was platooned in 2004 and 2005, plus early in 2006, and he missed a lot of time in 2004 with an injury. I would ask for 450 games or 1800 PA. If I did this list next year he’d be on it.