Baseball’s Grittiest Players As Proven By Science
I believe it was John Lennon who once sang “A gritty ballplayer is something to be.” And while we now know there is more to a ballplayer than just the scruff of his beard and the dirt on his uniform, you know, things like home runs, walks, defense, and stirrup socks, it’s still nice to see ballplayers out there really busting their butts. Unfortunately, we had no way to quantify that.
Thanks to Max Weinstein at Beyond the Box Score, we now have all these facts. Max used a variety of statistical measures, like steals, contact %, and bunts among others to figure out just who is really out there grinding. The results are filled with some of the expected (Jamey Carroll, Dustin Pedroia) on the gritty list, but also some surprises. Jeff Francoeur isn’t gritty? Well, now I don’t even know what to think.
Be sure to click through and check out the full list. It may just change your opinion about everything.