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Quote of the Day: Furman Bisher

May 31, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

Jason Hayward now leads the National League in OPS, a statistic with
which I’m not familiar. It refers to On-Base/Slugging Percentage. His
leading number is .991, and your guess is as good as mine. It can’t be
bad, so be grateful.

Former Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Furman Bisher commenting on young Mr. Heyward’s season thus far.  Given that the stat in question didn’t really come into prominence until Bisher was in his 80s I’m going to give him a pass on not being completely up with it.  Indeed, at 91 he here demonstrates an equal level of understanding and a far greater acceptance of the stat than guys like Dan Shaughnessy do.

  1. David Pinto - May 31, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Craig,
    The New York Times was publishing this stat regularly in the 1980s. Bisher has no excuse.

  2. DJ - May 31, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    This is the same writer who protrayed Hank Aaron as being a dumb southern black man back in the day. He’s not a very bright writer.

  3. Wooden U. Lykteneau - May 31, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Being smarter than Dan Shaughnessy is like being taller than Peter Dinklage.

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