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Kalling all Kotchman-haters and Konerkophiles!

Moved Over From The Diaries...

For those of you who have a track record at this site doubting whether Casey Kotchman would ever be a useful major league hitter (cough goodvibe cough), here's how Cap'n Mono compares this year to the various players who some have expressed preference for -- Paul Konerko, Mike Sweeney, Darin Erstad and Adam LaRoche:

NM AB  R  H  2B 3B HR RBI SB/CS BB SO  BA   OBP  SLG OPS+ $$$(mil)
PK 160 20 34  7  0  6  21  0/0  22 34 .213 .308 .369  78  $12.00
MS 146 16 37  7  0  6  22  0/0  13 15 .253 .323 .425  92  $11.00
DE 167 20 46  8  0  2  21  7/1  13 19 .275 .326 .359  81  $00.75
AL 161 18 32  9  0  5  24  0/1  26 44 .199 .314 .348  77  $00.32
CK 150 17 45  9  3  4  24  2/0  14 12 .300 .365 .480 128  $00.39

First in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS+, doubles, triples and RBIs; last in strikeouts and second-to-last in salary. In other words, a helluva lot better than people who are paid up to 30 TIMES as much. Also, he's three years younger than the second-youngest (LaRoche), and I daresay he's a better fielder than all of 'em at this point, except maybe for Erstad.  

No, I don't expect him to finish the season with numbers quite this good. But I sure would rather have his contract than those others, by a longshot. And I'd rather have Stoneman as GM than the nervous nellies who, one year ago, were talking up the virtues of (shudder) Shea Hillenbrand.

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