Good gravy, it takes up a lot of space just to write about how lousy I am at predicting player performance. Clicking "Read More" will transport you into a dreamworld of magic: a dreamworld of wrong and embarrassing hitter projections from 2006.
Huh. That's weird. There's still a shrapnel shard of optimism lodged in my abdomen when it comes to the '07 Giants, even though the second-most productive hitter on the team is gone. Huh. I think I'm just ignoring that Moises Alou ever existed. Ignoring that who ever existed? Exactly. (Taps side of nose)
One of my greatest predictions, as this was proven to be mathematically impossible in the comments section of the post. I'm a genius. The dip in his slugging percentage and relative health were the biggest surprises.
That he failed to meet my OBP prediction was disgusting. Clean it up, Ray.
Man, that was a good season.
If he hits the original projection from 2006 this year, I'll be happy.
If Finley had more power, he would have been better. And as my grandpappy used to say, "And if Goat Girl didn't have horns, I'd spend the night with her." He would have been much better in limited action. I kind of wish Don Nelson managed the Giants.
Sigh. It would really depress me if he has permanent lingering effects from the concussion. Get better soon, Mike.
Sweet petunia, what was I smoking? Some sort of knuckle-opium of optimism, apparently. Lance Niekro will never hit better than .270 in the majors. He'll crack 20 homers if he gets 700 at-bats. He is a splendid first baseman to have in AAA, though. For the AAA team, that is. I still love his defense.
I did a projection for Sweeney? Man, last year must have been slow too. Sweeney was mildly disappointing, and then went on to frame our greatest player out of spite. Here's to a better year off the bench.
HR: 2 (!)
That's a bad hitter. Let us all learn from his presence, dismissal, and eventual championship ring.
HA! I nailed the HR total! Suck it, PECOTA! I don't remember being so bearish on Vizquel. I'm glad he proved me wrong.
Most disappointing season of 2006. Now I'm just hoping for a repeat of his .290/.340/.425 Seattle years.
Scour those old threads and make fun of yourself. C'mon now. Be brave.