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A blind experiment for hitters

By Gary Hill

Names have meaning. The name "Edgar Martinez" produces a dramatically different response for Seattle Mariners fans than the name "Chone Figgins". The reasons for divergent opinions are obvious. However, sometimes names can get in the way of analyzing the effectiveness of a player. In the following exercise look at the list of nine nameless players and inspect their stats. The numbers are organized with the Batting Average/On Base Percentage/ Slugging Percentage/ On Base Plus Slugging slash line on top. The stats for each player have been accumulated during the previous 365 days and the list is ordered from worst OPS to best.

After examining the nameless stats, scroll down the page to find the names. Has your opinion changed on anyone?

Player A
.212/.272/.365/.637
15 HR 71 RBI
133 G 545 PA

Player B
.268/.322/.395/.716
13 HR 65 RBI
159 G 686 PA

Player C
.265/.320/.410/.730
14 HR 62 RBI
126 G 528 PA

Player D
.271/.329/.404/.733
14 HR 60 RBI
155 G 609 PA

Player E
.270/.344/.401/.745
14 HR 58 RBI
159 G 642 PA

Player F
.248/.325/.425/.750
20 HR 59 RBI
138 G 133 GS

Player G
.256/.334/.418/.752
18 HR 65 RBI
136 G 616 PA

Player H
.270/.318/.464/.782
18 HR 62 RBI
139 G 482 PA

Player I
.266/.359/.427/.786
14 HR 35 RBI
115 G 449 PA

 

 

Josh Reddick
.212/.272/.365/.637
15 HR 71 RBI

Martin Prado
.268/.322/.395/.716
13 HR 65 RBI
159 G 686 PA

Matt Kemp
.265/.320/.410/.730
14 HR 62 RBI
126 G 528 PA

Eric Hosmer
.271/.329/.404/.733
14 HR 60 RBI
155 G 609 PA

Andre Ethier
.270/.344/.401/.745
14 HR 58 RBI
159 G 642 PA

Jason Heyward
.248/.325/.425/.750
20 HR 59 RBI
138 G 133 GS

Ian Kinsler
.256/.334/.418/.752
18 HR 65 RBI
136 G 616 PA

Mitch Moreland
.270/.318/.464/.782
18 HR 62 RBI
139 G 482 PA

Justin Smoak
.266/.359/.427/.786
14 HR 35 RBI
115 G 449 PA

 


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