2 PEAS IN A POD ? BOBBY MURCER & CARL YASTRZEMSKI
Posted by athomeatfenway on January 4, 2009
A QUICK ANALYSIS: MURCER & YAZ
Bobby Murcer’s physical attributes are uncannily like those of Carl Yastrzemski.
Baseball-reference.com has Murcer at 5’11”, 180 lbs. and Yastrzemski at 5’11”, 182 lbs. Both are left handed hitters.
Though not identical in their statistical totals, they were VERY similar in stats-per-at-bat.
Yaz homered every 26.5 AB’s. Murcer tatered every 26.7 AB’s.
Yaz got a hit every 3.5 AB’s. Murcer did so every 3.6 AB’s.
Yaz scored a run every 6.6 AB’s. Murcer — every 6.9 AB’s.
Yaz drove in a run every 6.5 AB’s. Murcer got an RBI every 6.45 AB’s.
Yaz struck out every 8.6 AB’s — Murcer K’d every 8.0.
Look at the comparison of some offensive totals —
HR’s: Yaz 452 Murcer 252
2B’s: Yaz 646 Murcer 285
Hits: Yaz 3,419 Murcer 1,862
At Bats: Yaz 11,988 Murcer 6,730
Yaz had 78% more at bats than Murcer.
Had Murcer had as many at bats as Yaz, this is what his totals could have been:
HR’s: Murcer 448
2B’s: Murcer 507
Hits: Murcer 3,314
At Bats: Murcer 11,988
Could be that Murcer had the make up and tools to achieve Hall of Fame numbers. He would be right with Yaz, given the missing at bats.
The objective is not to simplify Yaz’s career. Yaz received MVP votes in 14 seasons, was an 18x All Star, won 7 gold gloves, 3 batting titles, one MVP. He substantively helped, or drove, the Red Sox to two AL Pennants.
Murcer had one Gold Glove, no batting titles, was a 5x All Star and received MVP votes in 4 seasons.
Still, Murcer may very well have put up Yaz-like plate numbers had he played in Boston, with the Pesky Pole 302 feet away, where coddling ownership & fans cling to star players. (I speak with self-admittance, as a Red Sox National.)
Bobby Murcer’s career numbers suffered from a lack of playing time before age 23 and after age 33. He was short changed by two years of military service. He was cheated by new ownership that cut his playing time and looked for new answers after the Yanks’ temporary move to Shea cut Bobby’s power totals. He became a platoon DH at an age when Yaz still had 5,000 at bats to come.
Given that Murcer was never on the D.L. from 1969 to 1983, the argument is plausible.
He certainly believed he had more to give.
The passing of Bobby Murcer in June, 2008 at age 62 was a tragedy. He certainly had more to give to family and fans, too.
Rest in Peace, Bobby.