Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Irresponsible Journalism & the 1927 Yankees

So imagine me sifting through my folder of bookmarks to read when I run across an article on the USA Today labeled “The Los Angeles Dodgers are hitting like the 1927 Yankees.” Obviously my interest was piqued because the 1927 is arguably the best team ever assembled including the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and plenty of other Yankees legends. Are the 2015 version of the Los Angeles Dodgers really as good, even in a small sample size, hitting as well as the 1927 Yankees? I didn’t think so but the point of the article title was to get me to click so I did and I have to say I was pretty disappointed with what I read when I did.

The author points out that at the time of the writing the Dodgers had a team OPS of .830 leading the major league by more than 50 points. Then the author contradicts himself stating that the New York Mets Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas has a higher team OPS down on the farm. Would a minor league team be able to out-hit and out-slug the 1927 Yankees? I think not, but I kept on reading anyway and fell upon the part where the author stated that the small sample size performances were likely unsustainable. Even if the marks were unsustainable the team leads the major leagues in home runs and walks in Dodgers Stadium, traditionally a pitcher’s park, and could be compared with some of the great teams of recent memories like the 2011 Boston Red Sox and the 2009 Yankees, not the 1927 Yankees.

In fact the only mention of the 1927 Yankees in the article was that if the team could sustain their current team OPS+ of 128 they would beat out the 1927 Yankees major league record of 127 OPS+ for a team in a season. When did 30 games warrant comparisons to the greatest Yankees team and possibly greatest team of all-time in Major League Baseball history? Oh yeah you can do that when you sell your soul for a few clicks and a few newspapers sold. You got me this time but I think I’ll win in the end so I’m totally okay with that.  Here’s the link if you want to waste your time.

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