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Quote of the Day: Ruben Amaro loves to troll the statheads

Dec 11, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

That’s all I can assume he’s doing here anyway, when he was presumably asked if the Phillies might pursue Matt Garza and Ruben Amaro talked up his incumbent pitcher Kyle Kendrick:

 

A second possibility: he’s just deflecting and thereby defending his guy Kendrick.

A third possibility: he legitimately thinks that their win totals tell us something valuable about these guys as pitchers.

But whatever it was, I bet he’s laughing his head off knowing that he made Bill Baer’s head ‘asplode.

  1. Bill Baer - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Right now it’s just blood leaking out of my ear

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      That’s just what the #AnalyticsPlant would want us to believe…

  2. chacochicken - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Funny, 67 happens to be the number of wins for the 2014 Phillies.

    • aphillieated - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Funny, 67 happens to be the number of losses for the 2014 Phillies.

      • chacochicken - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        I applaud your optimism.

      • frank433 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        First half losses?

    • ryanrockzzz - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      love this!

  3. schm1471 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    This one goes up to 67. It’s 3 better, don’t you see.

  4. xjokerz - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    someone should ask him how many wins Cliff Lee has had in the past 2 years.. 20.. with an average ERA of 3.00 and a whip of 1.05.

    way to go Ruben.

  5. detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    His success allows him to take shots at statheads. ;)

  6. scatterbrian - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Can someone check in on Brian Kenny please? Make sure he’s OK?

  7. The Dangerous Mabry - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    “Max Scherzer has 73 wins. You know how many wins Joe Blanton has? 85″

    “Felix Hernandez has 110 wins. You know how many wins Vincente Padilla has? 108.”

    “David Price has 71 wins. You know how many wins Adam Eaton has? 71″

    Huh. You can do this all day. It’s kind of fun.

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      “Red Faber has 254 wins. Jack Morris has 254 wins. Ergo Jack Morris is a Hall of Famer. Ipso factso.”

      *I just imagine Ruben saying things like “ipso factso” even when he’s wrong

      • cohnjusack - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        “Sandy Koufax has 165 wins. You know how many Paul Spittorff has? 165″

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Ipso factso, my good man.

        Ipso……factso.

  8. meatcarroll - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Sabermetrics are the cancer that is killing baseball.

    • cur68 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Hyperbole is the plague of internet commenting

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        I’m confused….

        IS it the plague, or are you being hyperbolic and really it’s just the herpes of the internet community?

      • nbjays - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:41 AM

        It’s merely a small cold sore…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Wait, I thought it was removing “toughness” from the game is why it’s dying?

      meatcarroll – Dec 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM
      Wow, took the last remaining physicality out of a soft sport. No wonder baseball is dying.

      Which is it?

      • 18thstreet - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        Just wait until we come up with a stat about which catcher is best at tagging out runners (spoiler alert: it’s Molina).

      • nbjays - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        Church, apparently sabermetrics are contributing to the wussification of baseball… or something.

    • scatterbrian - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Brawndo! It’s got what plants crave!

      • riotpunch26 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        Owe my balls!

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        To whom do you owe them?

    • cohnjusack - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      True! Understanding things better makes it worse.

      That’s why I believe the sun revolves around the Earth, witches float, that my fever was caused by black bile and could be cured with a good bloodletting and that the number of times a starting pitcher exists the game after 5 innings with a lead that isn’t subsequently lost is an accurate way to evaluate their talents.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      Or…you’re just not much of a thinker, so introducing new information that might be slightly challenging to pick up on at first completely ruins your enjoyment of something you used to love? Really sad…

  9. dkphilly1122 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    As a Phillies fan RAJ must go before the team totally crumbles……..he is the cancer of the organization, but we all knew that already. Just can’t figure out how the hell he still is the GM of ANY major league team, let alone the Phillies who WERE a legitimate contender until he took over.

  10. aphillieated - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Wait for Tanaka, Ruben :)

    • scatterbrian - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      That guy has ZERO winz!

  11. tfbuckfutter - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Haha, look at those nerds suggesting ways I could make my team better and thus earn more money and accolades for my own career.

    Dumb nerdy nerds.

    • cur68 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      Oh yeah? Well us nerds believe that there are only 10 kinds of people in the world: Those that can count in binary and those that can’t. So there.

  12. yahmule - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    “I’ll take Door Number 3, Bob!”

  13. cohnjusack - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Fun quote from statheads in the 2005 offseason.

    “Give teams’ reluctance to learn these lessons[overpaying older 1st basemen], you can already squint and see some team throwing away tens of millions too much on 2005 Rookie of the Year Ryan Howard”–Baseball Between The Numbers p.205

  14. raysfan1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Ruben Amaro, for the second time today I have to say this: You (are) Deficient in Understanding Metrics, Baseball Analysis, and Statistical Significance.

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Pretty On-the-mark Observation

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