Fuck singling out OPS, fuck isolating % of stolen bases and screw looking at just his defense. WAR is the only thing that matters; a TOTAL evaluation of what a player adds to a team or value in trade.
This post is so wrong it's time I sent out a big "fuck you" to Pjoma.
First of all, as Jeff King said, you never mentioned WAR on this board up until a few weeks ago. So how all of a sudden is it "the only thing that matters"? Could you be saying that because it conveniently supports your argument? Listen, if it's as simple as saying WAR is the new Moneyball and you think NH is trying to use it as his foundation for building a winner, fine. But don't attempt to insult everyone's intelligence by saying it's all that matters. Because any person who thinks Nyjer Morgan is the best LF in baseball is an idiot. And any statistics that says it's true is greatly flawed. And I guarantee you when NH makes a move that doesn't isupport WAR, you won't mention it.
But you know what Pjoma, I've spent a good amount of time defending you. Despite rarely agreeing with you, I thought you offered a generally unique an interesting perspective. But your posting over the last month or so is so horrendeously bad, even you should be ashamed of yourself. Especially for attempting to call out LHB for his player evalutations. Aren't you the same person who claimed 2 million fans were going to cheer as Eric Hinske hit 25 HR's? Weren't you the one who said you would be shocked in Brandon Moss didn't OPS .800 this season?
But let's take a look at the draft for a moment to truly put your lack of objectivity and credibilty into question.
First, when the rumors of the Pirates taking Fatchez with the first pick first surfaced, you had this to say:
I think it's a bit premature to be taking Law's comments about anything the Pirates are up to, don't you? If he's a supp pick player and we like him, why can't we go after him with our Scheppers pick, where we need certainty or we lose the pick? If the Pirates want to go after Sano hard and spend smarter at the #4 pick, there's certainly going to be two arms there that they could pick and sign for much less than Alvarez got.
But, if it makes sense to buy into Law's spew, let's all do it so we can rail on our management's draft judgement.
And when challenged about it, he responded with this:
No, fuck you! Only someone like you can take a rumor, a rumor from a clueless fuck like Law, and make a definitive post that is based on the conclusion that it's set in stone. Talk about it all you fucking want to, but just like all your other premature conclusive posts over the past year that have been so wrong, this will be too.
So not only was that premature conclusive post
accurate, it was more right than had you predicted Hinske hitting 6 homeruns.
And then just hours before the draft, you responded to a post from someone saying they will wait to get pissed about the Fatchez pick when it happens with his:
Then I will (also get pissed). I have to go and play in my golf league and won't be back for that first pick. I'll be gripping until I get home and either see a board meltdown or, at least, a pretty universal affirmation of a good selection.
And then immediately after they drafted Sanchez, he had this to say:
Hey, shit for brains, if you took the time to read the threads, I've already taken the stand for weeks that there is depth at catcher, enough to allow the Pirates to get a value one in the second or third round. I also said that, although I believe that Sanchez is cleary the best backstop in the draft, I would be using my first pick on White, Crow or Matzek. I also pointed out 3-5 more players that I would take inside their first 3-4 picks. I do not feel that Sanchez is the best pick we have at #4 and I would rather see the pitchers come off the board with our first two picks, followed by either a value pick at C and the HS 1B Malm with the 3rd.
I'm not sure why you would think that Sloshy or I would either approve of the pick, or feel the need to defend it. I can't speak for Slosh, but I actually take the time to prepare for the draft and actually have a clue what's going on. I have no problem being critical of certain picks, or other players being passed over by us. For someone as ill-informed and clue-less as yourself to make a comment like that about either of us is what, cool? Gutsy? Or, simply an ass-wipe's comment?
I DON'T WANT SANCHEZ WITH OUR FIRST PICK!
You then went silent on the topic for an unsual couple of days only to return with constant posts about how thin the draft was and how none of the other players taken immediately after Fatchez were very good (players you suggested the Pirates take). But your obvious ball sucking came after this post which completely flew in the face of what you had been saying before and immediately after the draft:
I'm curious as to where the Pirates said they took Sanchez to save the money to get Sano. It seems, from what I read and what some of the GM's said, that after the first two guys, there was little to no seperaration in the players in the 1st round. I don't think we took Sanchez so we could take Sano. I think we took Sanchez because he was the player they wanted and the player that allowed them to sign as many of the upside HS pitchers that will be far about slot.
When you see the Indians taking what they term as an 8th inning /closer arm and the Braves taking Minor (a pitcher with not a lot of ceiling over a 4th/5th SP), I think it's pretty clear how bad the 1st round really was. I think the Pirates see more value in overpaying the next 15 picks than they do in overpaying their #1 pick. I also believe that they got a guy that will be an MLB player, in Sanchez, whereas not a lot of teams picking in 3-30 can be claiming the same thing.
If this all results in their ability to pay Sano even more, because they didn't overpay a guy in the 1st round, why should we be bitching?
But then there was your blatant avoidance of this comment by your hero, Kevin Goldstein:"This deal was probably agreed to before the selection even took place. The question is of course, why? He wasn't going to go anywhere near this high if the Pirates didn't take him, so couldn't he have been had for a million dollars less, giving the club money to spend elsewhere? It's not as if anyone else was going to pay him this much, so why did Pittsburgh? It's almost like they spent an extra million dollars just to prove that they really liked the guy."
So fucking please spare us your questioning of other's player evaluations. When someone so obviously reaches for any defense of this organization and attempts to support certain players with lines like "He's like a freakin' pitbull on the mound", you can't be taken seriously. Remember, you are the same boob who defended Dave Littlefield right up until the day he was fired. So how can you expect anyone to take your support of NH seriously when it clear you'll use any justification to support this organization?