Loyalty, Above All Else: Sean Rodriguez
I cannot tell you exactly why there are so many articles and mentions of Sean Rodriguez on this silly little site. I think some time after he broke into the league my buddy Dave and I decided he was primed to break out, given our expert opinions. He plays multiple positions, a favorite fantasy attribute of mine, and fit the ‘Swiss Army’ profile both Dave and I enjoy so thoroughly it inspired a series of posts. Rodriguez did not break out. What he did was become a useful glue player, playing solid defense at 2B, SS and 3B capable of hitting an occasional XBH and stealing a few bases. He does nothing. spectacular, despite the wishes of many here at DotP.
Bill James is so un-enthused with Rodriguez’s mediocrity that he has chopped the guy’s plate appearances to a mere 256 in 2013:
14 2B / 1 3B / 8 HR / 37 R / 32 RBI / 6 SB / .246 AVG / .328 OBP / .730 OPS
According to James, Sean Rodriguez is on a hill, and he will continue to tumble down. These projections are one big MEH-fest. I refuse to hear that. Not our guy. Not Sean Rodriguez. The Rays are a likable team and Rodriguez is a likable guy. And that’s the problem, clearly. Studies have shown that nice guys, in fact, finish last (Dr. B. Armstrong et al). Or at the very least don’t bring home that World Series Trophy. To save his career, Rodriguez must top being nice and start getting…. evil. Or real, I guess. Point being, the man’s getting a villain-esque makeover
Evil Sean Rodriguez: Part Terminator, part Captain Hook, ALL hitting machine. This is no mere mustache awakening, this is a hostile position takeover. Note the glare. The sinister eyebrows. The dastardly twirl of his facial hairs. This is a man fed up with being told by Bill James he will be below average. This is a man who is going to make sure Elliot Johnson doesn’t take another ground ball at SS. Evil Sean Rodriguez will seize the position. He will bat 568 times. He will prove his doubters wrong. Haters will perish under his lazereyed gaze. Observe the Mustache-bot 2000’s calculations:
37 2B / 9 3B / 19 HR / 73 R / 81 RBI / 33 SB / .301 AVG / .398 OBP / .963 OPS
We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to create a new Sean Rodriguez. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. MANIACAL LAUGH…. MANIACAL LAUGH… MANIACAL LAUGH!
But seriously, Sean Rodriguez. Grow a mustache. Play better. Or I’m going to have to stop writing about you.