Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Difference Between David and Luis





David Eckstein and Luis Castillo are both slap-hitting middle infielders.


Eckstein is 36 years old. He has posted a career .280/.345/.355 batting line with an 87 OPS+ and 21.4 WAR.

Castillo is 35 years old. He has posted a career .290/.368/.351 batting line with a 92 OPS+ and 24.5 WAR.

Jon Heyman
Clearly, they are very similar players.

But Sports Illustrated baseball reporter and lonely, lonely man Jon Heyman notices a big difference. Heyman has been effusive in his praise of Eckstein:
A two-time World Series champ, this all-time scrapper is a big plus for any clubhouse.
And on Twitter:
#phillies should sign david eckstein, who's hoping for a 2b job, as insurance since utleys still hurting. #mysteryailment
He even went so far as to argue that the Mets should replace Castillo with Eckstein:
#mets should release castillo, bring in eckstein and immediately boost their attitude/karma
Meanwhile, he has bashed Castillo relentlessly for the past few months:
i am sick of luis castillo already this spring, and im not even in port st lucie anymore (and neither is he there, by the way)
Of course, he has insisted that it is nothing personal:
its nothing personal on castillo. i just think hes a crummy player now w/ zero range who looks perpetually put off
"It's nothing personal, I swear. It's just that he sucks and, oh yeah, it's personal":
not a bad guy. no power (as u know), zero range (cant run anymore), exudes mopey-ness. other than that, hes great!
But how could Heyman have such divergent opinions of these two quite similar players? Clearly there is some huge difference Heyman sees that we are all missing.

Well, I can think of one possibility, after the jump.


David

Luis

2 comments:

  1. Yeah, he's a hack. But that was a really really mean twitter status link. Hahah...vday @sbarro's :(:(:(

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  2. This is stupid. Heyman is talking about the difference in the two players' attitudes. Castillo has had the reputation of being a clubhouse cancer for YEARS. You're an idiot.

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