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April 27, 2007

Sosa makes history in Rangers' loss: There are a lot of unanswered questions about the Rangers, but Sammy Sosa is not one of them.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 05:05 AM - 12 comments

I misread that, I thought it said, "Sosa makes history in Rangers loo's". I was imagining an enormous log.

posted by Fat Buddha at 07:44 AM on April 27

I'd be careful before I'd fall in love with Sammy all over again. I think he's bat is still way slow. He can hit a mistake, but I can't see him remaining productive later in the season. I misread that, I thought it said, "Sosa makes history in Rangers loo's". I was imagining an enormous log. If that's not in the running for comment of the year then I want off the committee.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:50 AM on April 27

Sosa's currently hitting .224/.278/.448. Nice power, but not getting on base enough to be productive.

posted by stevis at 09:02 AM on April 27

I'm sorry, Sammy. I think I ate your chocolate squirrel. It's probably obvious that Sosa's accomplishment in this case is a pretty dubious honor, since it has more to do with the era in which he played -- one that has seen many teams attempt to drum up renewed excitement by building new ballparks, the adoption of interleague play, and two periods of league expansion and a franchise move. And it helps that he has played in both leagues. You have to hit some homers to get to 44 ballparks, no doubt, but there aren't all that many players who had the opportunity. It's a curiosity, but not a fantastic achievement.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 09:08 AM on April 27

Ladies and gentlemen, luther has also made history today: nine lines, with only seven punctuation marks of any kind (and two of those were the periods in '.300' and 'AVg.'). It's only April, but he's already in midseason form.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:14 AM on April 27

I didn't check, but did Sammy hit a home run against the Expos when they were playing home games in San Juan? How about Oakland when they played the start of one season out of Las Vegas? I guess it's not really the number of parks he hit them in, but the Percentage of Available Parks Homered In (PAPHI) that matters. Playing in a time of interleague play gives Sosa a distinct advantage over someone like Babe Ruth (who only played in NL parks during the World Series). His PAPHI score would probably be in the .650 range. Also, does it take into account Home Run Derby homers during All-Star Game festivities?

posted by grum@work at 11:04 AM on April 27

Grum, you hit the nail on the head. Both interleague play and the availability of resources to build new ballparks has made this something that can't be compared to previous eras. I am a fan of the PAPHI stat and have to look into that.

posted by timdawg at 11:22 AM on April 27

Surely the PAPHI for almost any pre-expansion player with more than 50-60 career HRs is going to be 100%?

posted by tieguy at 12:16 PM on April 27

Surely the PAPHI for almost any pre-expansion player with more than 50-60 career HRs is going to be 100%? Why? How often did the Chicago Cubs play the New York Yankees (and in Yankee Stadium) before interleague play?

posted by grum@work at 03:14 PM on April 27

You guys can dis Sammy with faint praise to your heart's content but the fact remains; He is one of the greatest hitters of our time and a helluva likable guy to boot,more than can be said about most of his contemporarie s.

posted by sickleguy at 06:06 PM on April 27

"Playing in a time of interleague play gives Sosa a distinct advantage over someone like Babe Ruth (who only played in NL parks during the World Series). His PAPHI score would probably be in the .650 range." Babe hit six homers while playing for the Boston Braves in his final season.

posted by GOD at 10:21 AM on April 28

grum: I guess I assumed that by 'available' you meant 'that they had actually played games in'; it seems unfair (uninteresting?) to penalize someone for not hitting a homerun in a park that they never had an at-bat in. (And I'm begining to think that luther70 is not a person but an art display, or an experiment.)

posted by tieguy at 11:19 AM on April 28

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