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A different meaning of 'reliabilty'
2007-02-25 14:51
by Bob Timmermann

Janie McCauley of the Associated Press describes Giants outfielder Dave Roberts with the term "reliability". It's not just the headline, it's down toward the bottom.

Roberts, who has played well when he plays, has not exactly been a regular part of any team's lineup because of injuries and ineffectiveness against lefties. The most games in a season Roberts has played is 129. Last year was the first season that Roberts had enough plate appearances to be listed among the lead leaders in any categories. His OBP was .360, the same as Ray Durham and Kenny Lofton (if so inclined, you can figure out to another decimal place to find out who was the best of that group.)

Roberts first full year in the majors was 2002 and it's been the only one in which he did not spend time on the disabled list, although he likely would have been placed on the DL if he had been injured earlier in the season as he missed the final week of the season with a right oblique injury. Roberts was on the DL twice in 2003 with hamstring injuries. Roberts also suffered a hamstring injury that put him on the DL in 2004. In 2005, Roberts was put on the DL with a groin strain. Last year, Roberts went on the DL with a knee contusion.

But Roberts is a good reliable guy. He's not this guy.

2007-02-25 15:15:59
1.   Greg Brock
Do we get bonus points for guessing correctly who "this guy" was?

And if so, what do those points go toward?

2007-02-25 15:19:40
2.   Bob Timmermann
Ahh, Griddle points!

A correct answer gets you 5 Griddle points.

Once you get 10000 Griddle points, you can redeem them for a colossal Olmec head.

2007-02-25 15:24:59
3.   Greg Brock
I can see a Griddle point system. It may take some time to flesh out, figuring out scoring methods and whatnot, but I think this feature has legs!
2007-02-25 15:29:14
4.   Bob Timmermann
I think I will need to establish a frequent visitors card. Then you can earn points and then cash them in for valuable prizes.
2007-02-25 15:38:11
5.   StolenMonkey86
Are you secretly plotting to discontinue this card at the end of the season?
2007-02-25 16:59:55
6.   das411
Ooo and will there be a points tracker in the sidebar like Ken has that boxing thing?

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