Torre, Santo, Kaat and others

If you had to pick ONLY ONE, who would you elect and why? Their abridged resumes are below:

Allen, a first baseman, batted .292 with 351 home runs and 1,119 RBIs over a 15-season career. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1964 with the Philadelphia Phillies and the American League MVP in 1972 with the Chicago White Sox. The seven-time All-Star was a league leader in extra-base hits and slugging three times each, and home runs and on-base percentage twice apiece.

Torre, a catcher and corner infielder in 18 Major League seasons, was a .297 career hitter with 252 home runs and 1,185 RBIs. He hit over .300 five times and totaled 2,342 hits. He was the NL MVP as a third baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971, when he led the league in batting (.363), hits (230), RBIs (137) and total bases (352). The current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers played in nine All-Star Games and was a Gold Glove winner as a catcher.…

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The senseless destruction

Baseball Prospectus has a neat little stat called PAP, or Pitcher’s Abuse Points. If you want to dig into the math, feel free, but I’ll just go with the data as presented. Care to hazard a guess who ranks el numero uno in PAP this year (thru 9/15/08)?

  1. Tim Lincecum
  2. CC Sabathia
  3. Roy Halladay
  4. Justin Verlander
  5. Matt Cain

I went to #5 to include Cain. The two best assets of a asset-devoid team like the Giants are being abused, as defined by BP. Criminal for a team with no chance to do anything this year.

That’s one way to look at the Lincecum abuse. The other is to layer in SI.com’s Tom Verducci’s Year After Effect. Verducci had his list in February of players most likely to suffer from the YAE in 2008 and I did the follow-up mid-season and the results were alarming. As a reminder of the general rule of thumb:

It’s like training for a marathon.

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