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Scott Podsednik wants to stay in Kansas City, where the local writers call him "a winner" no matter what

Jul 22, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

Scott Podsednik said yesterday that he’d like to re-sign with the Royals “because we’re moving in the right direction” and “I like the challenge that’s presented here in terms of getting things turned around.”
That’s admirable, I suppose, but a big part of the Royals actually “getting things turned around” will be ridding themselves of veteran mediocrity like Podsednik and replacing them with younger, better players.
The average AL left fielder has a .431 slugging percentage and .772 OPS this season. Podsednik has a .378 slugging percentage and .725 OPS. Yes, he has 25 steals, but he’s also been caught stealing 12 times and in order to get his overrated speed in the lineup the Royals have sacrificed 50 points of slugging percentage and 50 points of OPS at an offense-driven position.
Oh, and he’s also 34 years old.
Of course, Jeffrey Flanagan of wrote the article about Podsednik wanting to re-sign with the Royals and curiously omits any of his hitting statistics while instead writing things like this:

Podsednik, 34, still has excellent speed and can disrupt defenses. He also plays above average in left field. Perhaps most important of all, Podsednik plays like a winner. He has been through meaningful Septembers. He has a walk-off World Series home run. He’s not going to wilt under pressure.

Whatever the hell that means. In reality Podsednik hasn’t been on a winning team since 2006, and even then the White Sox finished in the third place. In the four seasons since then Podsednik’s teams are 41-53, 79-83, 74-88, and 72-90 for a combined record of 266-314, which works out to a nifty .458 winning percentage.
But hey, he’s “scrappy” and one time a bunch of years ago he had a big hit in the World Series!

  1. Cru11 - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Lmao!! How in the hell do you find such amazing pics, Craig? Geez, I’m having the worst day and this made me laugh out loud. Give it a rest, Scott.

  2. geoknows - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Jeffrey Flanagan has absolutely no business writing about baseball. None. All he does is demonstrate his ignorance. He always was, and always will be, a football writer.

  3. Megary - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Flanagan should have stopped at “Podsednik, 34”. After that, his cred went downhill.
    How is it possible that people still use the phrase “winner”?

  4. King Ding-A-Ling - Jul 22, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    If Podsednik really said that he wants to stay in KC, he should be subjected to a mandatory drug test.
    Nobody wants to stay in that crap-hole.

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