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Baseball’s Randy Moss All-Stars

Aug 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

Randy Moss

Chris Jaffe has a fun article up over at The Hardball Times today. Of course, almost everything Chris Jaffe writes is fun, so this should be no surprise, but this one is more fun than most: it’s baseball’s Randy Moss All-Stars.

What’s a Randy Moss All-Star?  According to Chris, it’s a guy who had a terrific career by many measures, but who was still a disappointment. A guy for whom there was always a sense he could’ve been so much more.

Not surprisingly, a lot of these are guys who had attitude issues. Some of them, though, are guys who did some stuff so good that we expected them to do everything so good. I think Andruw Jones is a good example.  When we see an elite defensive center fielder with power, we think “Willie Mays!”  When, shockingly, Jones didn’t turn out to be Willie Mays, people labeled him a disappointment. I think it’s simply that Jones had two good skills — power and CF defense — that we usually don’t see together with nothing more, so we expected more.

Either way, fun list. Fun article.

  1. pbannard - Aug 15, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    As a Dodgers fan, I’ll disagree on Andruw Jones – I think a lot of that had to do with attitude. As Jaffe points out, he didn’t stay in shape as he aged into his late 20s, much less his 30s, and so within the space of a couple years he turned from a generational defensive talent to an overweight liability in CF.

    • aaronmoreno - Aug 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

      I’ll agree with that. Andruw Jones, like any good black centerfielder, has to deal with the Willie Mays comparison. The difference is that he DID do everything so well for years. He WAS Willie Mays for a few years, then he got fat.

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