Question: Name all Twins players in the last 25 years that batted over .275 with more than 32 HRs and 100 RBI? Since these are only “league replacement numbers” this shouldn’t be hard to replace, right? WRONG. Whether a corner OF or not, only Rosario and Mourneau have achieved that mix of numbers in a season over that period. I just don’t get the fantasy people believe it is that this is average to below average production. It sure isn’t in Twins Territory. So, either we have had [ ] players (including a player like Mauer, who never had a season mix like this), or it ain’t that easy to replace. All these new age stats are just noise. They are just more contrived tools to entertain the stat stooges. Guys like Rosario have not been that plentiful or expendable on the Twins (or upon most teams). You aren’t going to convince astute people otherwise that merely watch a game and assess impact accordingly by what they see without a slide rule and pocket protector. This topic is SO tired and misrepresented.
1) I never said "replacement level". I said league average.
The fact that his OPS was 6% better than league average for all positions isn't an opinion, it's factual.
2) Last year was a historical year for offense. You have to compare his numbers to his peers, not to Twins hitters 25 years ago, 10 years ago, or even 3 years ago.
3) You listed BA, HR, and RBI.
You left out on base percentage, which is his biggest weakness. Not making outs is pretty important in a game where the other team can't beat you unless you make 27 outs (barring weather shortened finals).
4) I don't recall using any "new age" stats. On base % and slugging % are as old as the game itself.
5) There is really no reason to refer to opinions that you disagree with using such terms as "fantasy", "noise", "contrived", "stooges", and "tired".
Especially when the post you are referring to really had little in the way of opinion and was mostly just citing facts.