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I'm on Team Colby: Rasmus goes 4-for-4 with two homers

Sep 10, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

Colby Rasmus has decided to simply let his bat do the talking while Cardinals Nation divides itself into “Team Colby” and “Team TLR” over his well-publicized beef with manager Tony La Russa.
Rasmus went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs in a blowout win over the Braves last night and is now 11-for-24 (.458) with five extra-base hits in eight games this month.
It’s tough to imagine even La Russa benching someone playing that well while the Cardinals cling to their playoff lives, but then again it’s tough to imagine anyone benching a 23-year-old center fielder hitting .276/.360/.514 on the season and TLR has managed to do that plenty.
La Russa has been managing in the majors since 1979. During that time, here’s a list of the best adjusted OPS+ totals posted by 23-year-old center fielders:

                    YEAR     OPS+
Ken Griffey Jr.     1993     171
Lloyd Moseby        1983     134
COLBY RASMUS        2010     133
Grady Sizemore      2006     133
Ellis Burks         1988     131
Andruw Jones        2000     125
Andrew McCutchen    2009     112

In other words, during La Russa’s three-plus decades as a manager the only center fielder to clearly out-hit Rasmus at age 23 is Ken Griffey Jr.

  1. Mrsteve - Sep 10, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Lloyd Moseby is just a aberration then?
    Also La Russa is a fuckin drunk.

  2. John_Michael - Sep 10, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    And look at the clubhouse cancer Griffey turned out to be!
    OPS = Off the field Problem Situations
    That would be negated if Rasmus played college football though.

  3. Jason Minard - Sep 10, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    I’d love to see Rasmus shipped out of St. Louis…….but thats because I’m a Cubs fan :)

  4. Joe - Sep 10, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Ummmm….134 vs. 133 isn’t much of a difference, and there are still three weeks left in the season. So no, it’s not appropriate to conclude that Lloyd Moseby “clearly out-hit Rasmus” at age 23.

  5. Mrsteve - Sep 10, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    But out hit him he did. And Seizmore is the same.

  6. Nick C - Sep 10, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    I’ve always thought that Sizemore is a nice comp for Colby. As a Cards fan I can only hope that management chooses wisely.

  7. Nick C - Sep 10, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    You think that 1 point of OPS+ constitutes CLEARLY outhitting him? Not sure that stat is so precise as to make that claim.

  8. Joe - Sep 10, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    The season isn’t over. Rasmus’ number is bound to change. Could get better, could get worse, could stay the same. If Rasmus ends up with better numbers when all is said and done, how can you say that Moseby “clearly out-hit” him?

  9. Kevin S. - Sep 10, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Only if he punted.

  10. Mrsteve - Sep 10, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    So far he has outhit him
    What does it matter anyway
    Larussa is still a booze hound

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