Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Russ Davis as M's 3B:
0.933 Fielding Pct., 2.24 Range Factor
Scott Spiezio, Lifetime, as 3B:
0.929 Fielding Pct., 1.66 Range Factor!
(Statistics from Baseball-Reference.com)
Russ Davis was so bad that Lou replaced him in 1998 with Rico Rossy, a .198 hitter. Spiezio has Davis' stone hands, but without the range. But Spiezio is such a better hitter, you might say. Kinda. Davis' average OPS+ (weighted by # of plate appearances) during that span was 92. Spiezio's weighted average OPS+ the last four years is 106 (100 is by definition average). So Spiezio is just a hair above average at the plate (actually, OPS+ considers all hitters, not just regulars, so, compared to starting position players, he's probably below average) and a complete and utter hack with the glove. By any measure, Scott Spiezio figures to be one of the worst regualrs in Mariners history. And his band blows. Hard.