• Feels Like 1982

    Posted by on June 16th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    This Ike Davis thing reminds me of 1982, when the Yankees gave everyone and their brother a shot at 1B while wearing the pinstripes. (See below.) The team was not that good in ’82, either.

    Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG Pos
    1 Lee Mazzilli 0.3 1982 27 NYY 37 144 20 34 2 6 17 15 15 2 .266 .347 .422 *3/DH7
    2 Don Mattingly -0.1 1982 21 NYY 7 13 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 .167 .154 .167 /*7H39
    3 Bob Watson -0.1 1982 36 NYY 7 20 3 4 3 0 3 3 0 0 .235 .350 .412 /*3HD
    4 John Mayberry -0.4 1982 33 NYY 69 249 20 45 7 8 27 28 38 0 .209 .313 .353 *3/DH
    5 Dave Revering -0.6 1982 29 NYY 14 44 2 6 2 0 2 3 4 0 .150 .205 .200 *3/HD
    6 Dave Collins -0.7 1982 29 NYY 111 393 41 88 12 3 25 28 49 13 .253 .315 .330 3987H/D
    7 Butch Hobson -0.8 1982 30 NYY 30 60 2 10 2 0 3 1 14 0 .172 .183 .207 *H*D3
    8 Steve Balboni -1.2 1982 25 NYY 33 114 8 20 2 2 4 6 34 0 .187 .228 .280 *3/HD
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    Generated 6/16/2016.

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    Comments on Feels Like 1982

    1. June 16th, 2016 | 3:43 pm

      For the record, so far, the Yankees have had 7 different guys playing 1B this year:

      Dustin Ackley / Ike Davis / Brian McCann / Chris Parmelee / Rob Refsnyder / Austin Romine / Mark Teixeira

    2. KPOcala
      June 17th, 2016 | 4:53 pm

      Steve great “catch”! I knew that there was an aroma of bad memories, besides the obvious. I remember really “loving” the Dave Collins at first base, and Georges idea of recreating the Cardinals. In retrospect I wonder if his sons had something to do with the transformation……. What a horrible year.

    3. #15
      June 17th, 2016 | 6:35 pm

      I always wanted Bob W. up with men on base and the game on the line.

      The difference to ’82 was they were rotating then because no one could produce; unlike today where it’s injuries…. and no one can produce when they are in there.

      Hard to watch… even when they occasionally explode at the plate. We need a stat that shows consistency… Not 0-7 with 4 strikeouts and 2 infield pop ups over 3 games and then 3 for 4 one night. Of course, that would still yield a .273 BA, a fat .060 better than a lot of our squad.

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