Phillies learning why Wiggy is not a starter.

Wiggy helped the Giants walkoff with his boot on a potential double play grounder last night. He continues to be unproductive with runners on base as well.

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Batgirl
Batgirl
8 years ago

I need to remind myself about this when I’m feeling discouraged about the 2012 Rockies…..Wiggy is no longer a Rockie! That’ll cheer me up.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

That’s our favorite player there – Wiggy!

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I’m going to play devil’s advocate here for a minute. Was Wiggy really that bad? I did a “who drives in the winning run” analysis last year, and Wiggy was among the team leaders. I can only remember one key hit from him all season (the 3-run double in Pittsburgh), but maybe he was the kind of guy who quietly contributed during a game’s less memorable moments. Look at Tulo for example; he did not have any walk-offs last year,… Read more »

Sedin
Sedin
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Honestly, I think you’re being way, way too kind to Wigginton. I remember that early-season bases-clearing double, too, but his RISP numbers after that were horrendous. He was absolutely the last guy I wanted to see up in a key situation; there were times when he was batting behind Helton that I hoped Helton would put the ball in play, even if he made an out, just to avoid seeing another hopeless at-bat by Wigginton. I often think he may… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Sedin

Ouch! lol

Wiggy was the king of the solo HR.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Dang Mike way to spoil Batgirl’s heavenly morning glow. Oops! Sedin is on the case. Never mind.

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

I watched that happen live and remember thinking I was so thankful wiggy wasn’t at 3rd for us anymore…and i do remember a ton of times last season he came up with RISP and failed pretty bad…it was extremely obvious…

Oh well, grass/fence/etc…

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Wiggington’s can play a lot of positions, just none of them well. His best position is the same as Giambi’s. DH

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

“I often think he may have had the worst-ever Rockies’ season for a semi-regular…” How quickly we forget Aaron Miles. My favorite: 2005 when he walked 8 times (usually batting 2nd!) in 347 plate appearances. Other candidates: Desi Relaford on the same team was actually worse, but he was so bad that the Rockies waived him in June. And there was a time that the lesser Luis Gonzalez was playing semi-regularly in rightfield. (He later got busted for steroids.) And… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

And Todd Greene was another “veteran righthanded power bat” acquisition. Just in case anyone forgot. My favorite moment of his career (later shown to be steroid-fueled too): Greene rounds 3rd and pulls a hammy on one of those tree trunk legs and drops like he’d been shot. No crawling home for Todd.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

And Eli Marrero, the Jordan Pacheco “he gives us the flexibility to pinch run for our starting catcher,” 2006’s righthanded power bat off the bench. I’ll stop now.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

RMH, I forgot all about Mohr. Great memory! That walk-off home plate celebration injury was a classic. The Hawaiian Curse of Agbayani will forever prevent O’Dowd from obtaining an acceptable righthanded hitting bench player.

Alex Colfax
Alex Colfax
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Agree about Mohr; the guy was a joke, despite a decent number of homers. If he didn’t go yard, he usually didn’t make contact. For 2005, the team’s big offseason acquisitions were Mohr and Relaford. No need to guess how that season turned out. Mohr’s injury came on Clint Barmes’ famed walk-off homer against Trevor Hoffman on Opening Day. And Wigginton was absolutely atrocious: with the bases loaded, he was 1-for-16 with a couple of GIDP’s. Agree with Sedin—he was… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  Alex Colfax

And the famed Barmes home run followed the game-tying two- out hit by none other than Aaron Miles. I may be wrong, but I don’t have a recollection of Miles being that bad, Aggy.

Alex Colfax
Alex Colfax
8 years ago

RMH—I believe the other NRI was John Mabry…a lefty-hitting outfielder who played some first base earlier in his career. I once saw him hit for the cycle against the Rockies as a member of the Cardinals.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

While I am not the sabermetrics whiz that some of you are, I checked the 2011 RC (runs created) stats for several key Rockies, because that seemed like a worthy stat to start with. Wiggy doesn’t come out too well.

Columns are Player, PA, RC, RC/PA
Giambi

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Columns are Player, PA, RC, RC/PA
Giambi 152 30 .197 (way to go Jason!)
Tulo 606 106 .175
CarGo 542 93 .172
Todd 491 80 .163
Smith 533 82 .154
Fowler 563 79 .140
Wiggy 446 53 .119 (ouch!)
EYJ 229 26 .114 (sorry Pooter)
Herrera 320 27 .084

Obviously I did not check the whole team. I just wanted to see the range between the RBI-men and the light hitters. Wiggy doesn’t look too good.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Iannetta 426 57 .134
Stewart 136 7 .051
Stewart (career) 1466 184 .126

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Kit Pellow.

Miketober, love to see folks using the new metrics!

egossage
egossage
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Bobby Estalella, Chris Stynes, Mark Bellhorn and Butch Huskey!!! Hahaha!!! Man it’s funny to remember the horrible players we had!

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

And Chris Stynes actually STARTED at 3B. That was after the great Todd Zeile left town… … in the never-ending search for an adequate second baseman, O’Dowd went through Tony Womack and Mark Bellhorn for about half a dozen games each. What used to bother me (umm, still does) is how he’ll get an idea like that — “hey, Mark Bellhorn is available and he’d be better than what we have at [position],” then gives up on it almost immediately.… Read more »

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