I have to agree with Palpatine, Johnson is gonna be a good first bagger. I can almost guarantee he will end up being in the BA title race every year in a year or two.
I always thought that one of Johnson's strengths when he was coming up was that he was a good first basemen? I think he has done a great job and I think the Yankees are crazy to give up on him considering that they now have no one to replace Giambi when his knee goes.
Why didnt the Yanks give them Choate and Rivera then give the Expos like 15 million cash, that would have given them enough to sign Vlad?
“I don’t feel bad at all about keeping the scholarship. I have studied hard my whole life (earning a 3.8 GPA at Yorktown). I am captain of the academic team, student council secretary, member of the chess club, and play the flute in the marching band and all I was looking at was getting a lousy couple thousand dollars of my school paid for with academic scholarships. The other Jason gets a 2.5 GPA and the NCAA minimum score on his SAT and he gets a full ride because he can run fast and put a stupid orange ball in a hoop. It looks like Coach Keady is going to be stuck with me for four years.”---Jason Smith, a kid who signed a letter of intent to Purdue that was meant for another Jason Smith in his school (who is the basketball star of the school)
Originally posted by wordlifeI have to agree with Palpatine, Johnson is gonna be a good first bagger. I can almost guarantee he will end up being in the BA title race every year in a year or two.
He could hit .300, but Yankee fans aren't the ones upset to see him go. If they could've just gotten something for Aaron Boone too, I'd be more impressed. Johnson is so immobile I'm surprised he passed his physical and let the trade go thru. He may be good, but not near an all-star level. I'd put him on the same level as first-basemen like Durazo, Ibanez, and Simon.
I'm content with Sierra/Lofton taking his place. There is enough room in the AL now for New York and Boston to both win 100 games and meet in the ALCS. No need to squabble.
The Durazo comparison is good, Skorp. Ibanez barely qualifies as a first baseman, though. At least, he's never been a full-timer there, and has played over twice as many games in the outfield. Simon, though... that name doesn't particularly belong, I don't think.
In 2003, Randall Simon K'ed 37 times (not bad) but walked only 17 (not so good). By comparison, in fewer games, Nick Johnson struck out 57 times (not so good), but walked 70 times (terrific). Simon, in 30 more games, had a mere 2 more homers than Johnson.
So, to recap: Johnson got on base last year at a .422 clip, compared to Simon's .309. Johnson slugged .472, a fair bit higher than Simon's .424. I'm judging rather crudely here, but Johnson gets on base more, and hits for extra bases more. I don't ask for more than that out of my first baseman.
Also, Johnson has never abused a sausage (that we know of).
Speaking as someone who's otherwise fairly indifferent when it comes to the Twins (or most other baseball teams, therefore I'm not biased), I wouldn't mind seeing the Twins win the World Series, so they can take the World Series trophy...