With some help via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, let’s look at Johnny Damon’s career as a member of the Boston Red Sox and his New York Yankees career, to date:
First, his time in Boston:
YEAR TEAM RC RCAA OWP RC/G BPA PA 2002 Red Sox 107 24 .615 6.24 .526 702 2003 Red Sox 93 2 .512 5.40 .490 690 2004 Red Sox 116 25 .607 6.94 .537 702 2005 Red Sox 107 26 .624 6.54 .496 688 TOTALS 423 77 .591 6.27 .512 2782
World Series Rings: 1
Signature Post-Season Moment:
2nd inning Grand Slam on 10/20/04 in Game 7 of 2004 ALCS
Next, here’s Damon’s time in New York (so far):
YEAR TEAM RC RCAA OWP RC/G BPA PA 2006 Yankees 108 26 .624 6.55 .550 671 2007 Yankees 82 5 .527 5.54 .495 605 2008 Yankees 101 25 .629 6.75 .541 623 2009 Yankees 102 27 .636 6.77 .553 626 TOTALS 393 83 .607 6.41 .535 2525
World Series Rings: 1
Signature Post-Season Moment:
9th inning “Double Steal” on 11/1/09 in Game 4 of 2009 World Series
The numbers are pretty close here. In slightly less PA as a member of the Yankees, Damon has posted slightly better numbers in terms of RCAA, OWP, RC/G, and BPA (compared to when he was a member of the Red Sox). And, Johnny has one ring with each team – where he had a big post-season moment contributing towards it.
On the whole, I would say that Johnny Damon’s “time” in New York was just as good as it was while he was in Boston. His production was the same, and, in each stop, he was on one World Series championship team (during the four years he was there).
So, when you retrospectively think “Johnny Damon,” and assuming you don’t consider him to be a “Kansas City Royal” or “Oakland Athletic” (although I doubt anyone who consider the latter), should you first see him as a “Red Sox” or as a “Yankee”? Perhaps it depends on which side of the Boston/New York fence that you sit on? But, in any event, you cannot say that Damon’s career in Boston was better than it was (through 2009) in New York.
Johnny Damon’s “mark” in both towns was pretty much exactly the same.
Not sure what the baseball stats used in this feature are?
Here’s more on what each one is:
Runs Created [RC]
A Bill James statistic. An estimate of the number of runs that a player would produce based on his offensive statistics. Runs created is an attempt to measure total offensive contribution in terms of runs (see also Runs Contributed). Divided by the runs required per win (in professional baseball, approximately 10), runs created becomes the total wins created by this player’s offensive performance.
RC = ((H+BB+HBP-CS-GIDP) * (TB+ 0.26*(BB+HBP-IBB) + 0.52*(SB+SH+SF)))/(AB+BB+HBP+SH+SF)
Note: The formula shown here is the modern formula in current use by sabermetricians. Bill James created many variations of the basic formula to adjust for available data and other factors in bygone eras.
RC typically ranges from 0 to 120 in a 162-game season. Only players who play a lot can have a very high season total, since the number is dependent on total stats. For a team, runs created is a projected estimate of the runs the team should have scored given its number of hits (by type), walks, stolen bases, and times caught stealing. Comparing team runs created to actual runs scored gives an indication of other factors at work, factors that effect the efficiency of a team’s offense. For instance, high efficiency — consistently scoring more runs than projected — could be explained by good clutch hitting, good baserunning, good managing, or good luck (or maybe cheating). The more consistent the two figures, the less luck is probably involved.
Runs Created Above Average [RCAA]
This is a Lee Sinins creation. It’s the difference between a player’s runs created total and the total for an average player who used the same amount of his team’s outs. A negative RCAA indicates a below average player in this category.
Runs Created Per Game [RC/G]
Runs created is an accumulation stat; the more a player bats, the more runs he creates (assuming he makes some positive contribution). Converting runs created into runs created per game provides an indication of how valuable this player is to have in the lineup. RC/G is somewhat like ERA is for pitchers; it recasts the offensive contribution of the player in the context of a nine inning (in this case, 27 out) game. To calculate RC/G, multiply RC by 27 and divide by the number of outs the player is responsible for (OM), thus:
RC/G = 27*RC/OM
[Note: The formula shown here is the modern formula in current use by sabermetricians. Since data is available to account for all outs made, it is appropriate to use 27 outs as the context. In earlier periods, data on some kinds of outs (GIDP and CS are examples) are incomplete or unavailable. Consequently, applying the formula to other eras requires use of 25.5 or 26 outs per game.]
One way to look at RC/G is to imagine a lineup with the same player batting in every spot. A team made up of nine 1992 model Barry Bonds, for example, would be expected to score 11.34 runs per game on average. (Bonds had 147 runs created in 1992.)
Bases Per Plate Appearance [BPA]
The formula is (TB+BB+HBP+SB-CS-GIDP)/(AB+BB+HBP+SF).
Offensive Winning Percentage [OWP]
A player’s Offensive Winning Percentage equals the percentage of games a team would win with nine of that player in its lineup, given average pitching and defense. The formula is the square of Runs Created per 27 Outs, divided by the sum of the square of Runs Created per 27 Outs and the square of the league average of runs per game.