August 11, 2009 at 1:45 pm by Capitol Avenue Club under Atlanta Braves
I’ve updated the Stinginess Ranks per request of a reader. Here are the new ranks, I’ll make a few comments after:
2. NY Yankees
4. LA Dodgers
6. Tampa Bay
t-7. Chicago Cubs
11. LA Angels
16. St. Louis
t-18. San Francisco
25. Chicago White Sox
26. NY Mets
28. San Diego
29. Kansas City
First of all, I’m not at all surprised that the two teams with the worst front offices in baseball are 29th and 30th in this little study. Makes perfect sense. I’m surprised the Royals aren’t worse than the Astros. They’re a really god awful organization. It seemed like the Royals were last or 2nd to last by the skin of their teeth in every category I looked up.
I also noticed, when I was putting this together, that there’s nobody in baseball close to as bad as the Giants at drawing walks. As a team, they’ve drawn 249 walks. The Pittsburgh Pirates, a very bad team at walking (walking more comes with experience and age, the Pirates are a very young team), are 15th in the league, with 322 walks. That’s 73 more than the Giants. League average is 387. Colorado leads the league with 447. Yep, the number 1 team–Colorado–is closer to the league average than the 16th team–San Francisco–is to the 15th team–Pittsburgh.
Nothing surprises me about the rankings as a whole. They’re generally what I expected them to be. Furthermore, in every category I looked at, the teams were about where I expected them to be.
I apologize for the infrequent updates. I’ve got a lot of things going on, but I should stabilize fairly soon and get back to regular updates.
UPDATE 08/08/2009: I forgot to mention this, but I also found this fascinating. The Boston Red Sox are 29th of 30 teams in defensive efficency. I thought for sure they’d be close to the best in the league in that category. That’s clearly a weakness that Theo needs to address. If not now, in the off-season. Kotchman was probably a big upgrade. And getting Lowrie healthy will help as well. And that just means their pitching staff is even better than we think it is.