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Edgar Renteria: a stat snapshot

Poor Edgar is another of the Rodney Dangerfields around here.  I thought I'd take a quick snapshot of where he is now, not to prove any very definite hypothesis, but just to get some perspective.  This uses data through games of Sunday, 23 May (which means, as it is being written, without the Tuesday game).

Here are the major-league shortstops who, for 2010 to date, have an offense value great than Renteria. The measure is the "Total Offensive Productivity" (TOP), which is what an offense made up of nine clones of the man would score (disregarding small-ball plays like SH and SB/CS); if that doesn't float your boat, use the overall-worth measure of your preference--I doubt it'd make any material difference.

Included also are plate appearances (for eyeball SSS evaluation) and each man's career number, so we can see if his 2010 is much of an aberration. This omits men with higher career numbers whose 2010 is below Renteria's level, because I don't have career stats sorted by position (yet). It is sorted by 2010 TOP.

Player               Club            PA   -----TOP-----
                                          2010   career
Rollins, Jimmy       Phillies        52   1679      760 
Castro, Starlin      Cubs            66   1244     1244
Ramirez, Hanley      Marlins        190   1000     1122
Aviles, Mike         Royals          73    989      746
Drew, Stephen        Diamondbacks   173    983      769
Tulowitzki, Troy     Rockies        181    931      920
Guzman, Cristian     Nationals      150    904      623
Lopez, Felipe        Cardinals       78    890      722
Furcal, Rafael       Dodgers         90    877      772
Andrus, Elvis        Rangers        184    869      716
Brignac, Reid        Devil Rays      96    866      682
Janish, Paul         Reds            31    862      444
Gonzalez, Alex       Blue Jays      191    840      590
Wilson, Josh         Mariners        65    771      494
Renteria, Edgar      Giants          91    768      732

Since electrons are cheap, here is the same list only in career-value (including 2010 to date) order. I removed the meaningless (66 PA career) Castro and all men with career numbers below Renteria's, and hand-added a couple of men (Jeter and Reyes) with career numbers greater than Renteria's but who are struggling in 2010; this may not be all shortstops with better career numbers than his (though I think it is).

Player               Club            PA   -----TOP-----
                                               2010   career
Ramirez, Hanley           Marlins        190   1000     1122
Jeter, Derek              Yankees        206    666      999
Tulowitzki, Troy          Rockies        181    931      920
Furcal, Rafael            Dodgers         90    877      772
Drew, Stephen             Diamondbacks   173    983      769
Reyes, Jose               Mets           188    376      763
Rollins, Jimmy            Phillies        52   1679      760 
Aviles, Mike              Royals          73    989      746
Renteria, Edgar           Giants          91    768      732

Conclusions seem, to me, to be two: one, Renteria is not Hall-of-Fame material, but holds his own with current shortstops--only three have substantially better career numbers; two, his 2010 has been in line with his career to date--even somewhat better--so it's hard to see him as "washed up" or "over the hill" (though his naggy injuries are a factor).

Don't mistake me: it has been literally decades that I have been saying, quite loud and clear, that no well-constructed team has more than one or two each of position players and pitchers the first digit of whose age exceeds 2. But given that he's here, there's no point in mocking a man with a thoroughly respectable career by no means yet over (unless injury does him in).

(One more thing to do in the afterlife while bearing a flaming sword: meet up with the dickhead who "designed" the software on which boards like this run; if I want tabs instead of spaces, I'll put in tabs.)

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