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Cody Ross joins a club that is probably just going to frustrate Giants fans

Mar 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

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Hank Schulman has a feature story today about Cody Ross catapulting into fame last fall on the power of postseason heroics. He compares this to the legacies of Dusty Rhodes, Al Weis, Buddy Biancalana, Brian Doyle and … Mark Lemke:

Lemke might be the most famous member of the fraternity, at least in this era. The slick fielder hit .234 in 1991, then went nuts in the World Series against Minnesota. After hitting two triples in the regular season, he tied a Series record with three against the Twins and hit .417.

Lemke stamped his reputation as a great postseason hitter. Though that was not always true, he did hit .272 over five postseasons while finishing an 11-year major-league career with a .246 average.

Those postseason heroics always made casual Braves fans — which, by definition, is most Braves fans — think a bit too highly of Lemke’s bat and left ’em hoping he’d do something greater. I imagine the same will happen to Cody Ross. He’s a nice player, but he’s not hit-homers-off-Roy-Halladay-at-will kind of guy.  Serious fans know this, but the people who jumped on the bandwagon during the playoffs will probably always wonder why Ross isn’t an MVP or something.

  1. tom-a-hawk - Mar 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    So, how many other #7 (or #6 maybe) hitters are actually a “hit-homers-off-Roy-Halladay-at-will kind of guy”? It’s not like they re-signed him to be their clean-up hitter.

    • tomemos - Mar 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      Right, but Craig’s point is that many casual fans aren’t aware of that. Which is the fans’ fault, but that doesn’t make it easier for them.

      • tom-a-hawk - Mar 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM

        yeah…good point.

    • hasbeen5 - Mar 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      Freddie Freeman will hit 8th, and his career line against Halladay can only suggest that he will hit homers at will.

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    “hit-homers-off-Roy-Halladay-at-will kind of guy.”

    Roy Halladay chuckles at your made up fantasy ball player that won’t exist until he’s about 60.

  3. Utley's Hair - Mar 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Just ask Gator.

  4. voltaic1 - Mar 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

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  5. natedawg321 - Mar 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Casual fans aren’t aware of a lot of things. Not something to get to too worked up about.

    Besides, Ross is still a much better player than those on the list and a full season of Ross replacing at bats from Bowker, Rowand and Guillen is a clear upgrade.

  6. bcopus - Mar 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    I’m a younger Braves fan, watching since ’86, but all I can remember Lemke for is “that guy who popped out every important at bat of his career” and “the other infielder who looked way older than he was.” Going along with Blauser.

  7. pauleee - Mar 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    If you’re trying to make a living as a “hit-homers-off-Roy-Halladay-at-will” kind of guy, you’re going to spend a lot of time in the soup lines.

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