Thursday, August 12, 2010


In Arlington, August 11

Final score 7-6 Yankees. 8 pitches from Rivera. "A night after losing in Texas for the
Rivera gave up a leadoff triple to Elvis Andrus in the ninth before retiring the Nos. 2-4 hitters, including Josh Hamilton on a comebacker after the majors' leading hitter already had three hits." reuters, ap
The writer doesn't say if by the word 'career' he includes the work players do in post season along with regular season stats. Including post season stats, in this case Rivera's in Arlington, makes a 16-year historical stat more interesting not to mention accurate. (In my experience, I've never seen an MLB writer declare a "career" stat that includes both regular and post season, so if this writer did it would be unusual). I've observed that MLB personnel downplay or do not mention post season stats viewing them as 'unfair' to players who weren't 'lucky' enough to get to the post season. Or that it's unfair to players who played before the modern era 3 levels of post season play. They somehow don't view it as 'unfair' that players who are 'lucky' enough to do the extra work should have it ignored. By simply not mentioning the existence of post season stats it becomes the accepted way for millions of people to view players. It assumes everyone was resting on the couch in October and November when in reality some were pouring their guts out in freezing cold and rain. It is no different than being told you're about to see the complete works of Picasso, and finding out accidentally a few years later that wasn't the case, that many of his paintings had been kept out of the show for some reason. In the case of baseball, with much emphasis put on stamina and durability, both physical and mental, it's particularly peculiar to make a point of excluding a player's actual work. Assuming that's what happened by mentioning '32 career appearances over 16 seasons' without mentioning 3 ALDS appearances. If he included post season, I take everything back. I've mentioned this topic before. ed.

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