I wrote a column about a year ago outlining my disgust with the way Ichiro Suzuki plays baseball, and moreover, the constant fellatio he receives from baseball writers and fans. With said column continually attracting the ire of Ichiro fans who leave comments on the Internet, I present a list of selected players with higher career adjusted OPS+ (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage, adjusted for ballpark and league averages) than Mr. Suzuki.
This list is comprised of very good baseball players, but hardly the caliber batsman that draw suggestions that they be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, like Ichiro does all the time for some reason.*
Lenny Dykstra (who’s apparently broke now)
Andy Van Slyke
*As usual, assuming that the Hall of Fame even matters at this point.
**As an O’s fan growing up, I always liked Hoiles, but until I grew up and learned to appreciate the beauty of boiling an athlete’s career into a spreadsheet of data I never realized exactly how good he was.