Talk Radio Callers Are Idiots – Volume CCXII

I listen to this during afternoon quite a bit and, as it’s just about time for Jason Giambi to start making rehab starts, the “Giambi should stay gone” people have started to show up.

I expected this since the Yankees are on a hot streak right now (against the Devil Rays and Royals… but a hot streak none the less) but what prompted this post is one or two of the callers making the point “he only hit .250 last year and he’s still doing it this year. He’s lost it.”

Since I have some sort of conscious thought, I went to The Greatest Website and looked up Giambi’s stats. The caller was correct… Giambi’s batting average after last season was an unimpressive .253. What the idiot caller failed to mention was his .413 OBP, .558 SLG, 113 RBI, and 37 home runs. Obviously, getting on base almost half the time, being second in the league (behind David Ortiz) in walks, and hitting for power really isn’t all that useful.

And yeah, he’s only hitting .260 this season, too… with a .380 OBP and a .436 SLG.

What a loser.

It would be nice if once, just once, someone said “The Yankees paid Jason Giambi $20 million a season to go 1/3 or 1/4 with a walk every night… and he’s pretty much done that.” Last year he had 113 hits and 110 walks in 139 games, on base about 1.6 times per game. The year before that he had 113 hits and 108 walks in 139 games… on base about 1.58 times per game. This year: 39 hits and 25 walks in 45 games… on base about 1.4 times per game.

His career, you may ask: 1,678 hits and 1,114 walks in 1,667 games for a rate of…. wow, look at that, 1.6 times on base per game. He’s hitting and walking at the same rate he has for his entire career.

For the record, Yankees getting on base more than Jason Giambi: Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Alex Rodriguez. Count of spunky young players on that list: 0.