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Kevin Frandsen is not a fan of “all the sabermetric-whatever-crap”

Sep 3, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

Nationals utility man Kevin Frandsen has some strong opinions about Sabermetrics. Transcribing what was said at the end of his interview with 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post has the goods:

This came when Grant Paulsen asked how the Nats managed to drop three in Philadelphia and then go to Seattle and absolutely hammer Felix Hernandez. Is that just baseball, Paulsen asked?

“I am SO glad you said that, because it is true,” Frandsen said. “It’s baseball. It’s what the best part about it is. All the sabermetric-whatever-crap that you guys, [that] people talk about, you can throw that out the window, because it’s baseball. You get someone hot, you get someone not, whatever, it happens.

“Our team’s awesome,” Frandsen went on. “We grind it out. It says a lot about what we did, going to Philly, losing all three, going to Seattle, having a chance to lose four in a row, facing Felix and to do what we did against one of the best pitchers — if not THE best pitcher in the game. And it’s a testament to our team, just what we have going together, and how we play together. And we play for one goal, and that’s to win that day. Not win tomorrow; win today. And I feel like we’re doing that exceptionally well. So we’ve got to keep it going, and hopefully Nats fans are enjoying it.”

Frandsen’s anger about Sabermetrics may be a bit misplaced, though. Any Saberist worth his or her salt would say that their current slide is no more or less revealing of their talent than their 12-1 run between August 12-24. Predicting the sport on a game-to-game basis is a fool’s errand. Also, prior to their 10-game winning streak, the Nationals were 63-53 with a +79 run differential. There was a legitimate argument to be made that the Nationals were under-performing and still needed time to regress towards the mean (regress, in this instance, is a good thing).

For what it’s worth, the projections expect the Nationals to finish the season tied with the Orioles for the second-best record in baseball at 93-69, three games behind the Angels.

As for Frandsen, he has a .259/.303/.319 slash line with one home run and 14 RBI in 200 plate appearances this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the third and final time after the season.

  1. jyoung1891 - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    You are missing the real story here. Someone interviewed Kevin Frandsen!

  2. edelmanfanclub - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Probably because he has negative WAR and a .281 wOBA.

  3. twinfan24 - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Is he good defensively? With that slash line, and already being 32, I don’t know if you can even guarantee he would be offered arbitration. He is just under $1 million now, so would think he might end up over that in arbitration, which may be more than he is worth.

  4. skerney - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Frandsen is a fan of cheating and using PEDs though.

  5. [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Ummm, emphasis mine:

    “Our team’s awesome,” Frandsen went on. “We grind it out. It says a lot about what we did, going to Philly, losing all three, going to Seattle, having a chance to lose four in a row, facing Felix and to do what we did against one of the best pitchers — if not THE best pitcher in the game. And it’s a testament to our team, just what we have going together, and how we play together. And we play for one goal, and that’s to win that day. Not win tomorrow; win today. And I feel like we’re doing that exceptionally well

    You lose 3/4, think the team is awesome, concentrate on winning that day, and think you are doing it exceptionally well?….

    • ch0psuey - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      You have never played competitive ball….

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        What does that have to do with losing three out of four games and thinking you are doing well? Never mind the inability to understand sabermetrics…

      • clydeserra - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        I really like it when people qualify their bona fides with “competitive.” They are basically saying “I think I am awesome because I played in college and you should shut up because i am awesomer than you. Did I mention I played in college?”

        You are not better than anyone here. You are a baseball fan, like the rest of us and aren’t good enough to play in the majors.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Eh I played D1 in another sport, so I didn’t take offense. It’s just an appeal to authority which are just as easily dismissed.

    • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Bet he’s just referrin at the overall record on that “Our team is awesome part”.

      • Paper Lions - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        Perhaps, but all he did was demonstrate that he doesn’t understand enough about sabermetrics to have an opinion on it and that he isn’t capable of stringing together multiple coherent sentences.

  6. bluesoxbaseball - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    We mock what we don’t understand.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Dr. Greenbaum! Is that you?

  7. tigersfandan - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    He is entitled to his opinion.

  8. DJ MC - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Breaking: Athlete Downplays Stats That Make Him Or Her Look Bad

    More at 11.

  9. schmedley69 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    For a mediocre utility player, Kevin Fransden sure has gotten a lot of press this year.

  10. lphboston - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I’m with Fransden.

    Numbers are as boring as the people who talk about them.

    Batting average, RBIs, homers — no need for any more.

    • Mark - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Those are pretty boring numbers.

  11. themuddychicken - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Eh, it mostly seems like one of those long-winded quotes in which nothing is actually said.

    As for Fransden, one of the guys I share season tickets with gets absolutely livid anytime he so much as hears his name/sees him in the lineup. His offense sucks and he doesn’t have the defensive capability to make up for it, making him at best a replacement player not worthy of a roster spot when the Nats have had better options around throughout the season.

  12. joecb91 - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Okay

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