Coming into this season, Yuniesky Betancourt was a career .266/.290/.392 hitter whose approach to the plate was aggressive and his a attitudes towards defense lackadaisical. He never once had a year with an above league average OPS+.
But baseball is strange and this year, as Betancourt has played every infield position and left field, he’s hitting .266/.293 (well, that’s to be expected), but with an absurd .523 slugging percentage. 18.6% of his flyballs are leaving the park, putting him in the same camp as Ryan Howard.
But it does make for an interesting discussion: I do like random statistical blips, especially for utility infielders, and I do enjoy chaos, so perhaps we all should vote Yuniesky Betancourt to the All-Star game and see what kind of mess that makes. At the same time, the closest Yuniesky has been to an All-Star is that one time he went bowled a 117 with the bumpers on at All-Star Lanes in Eagle Rock, California.
Then again, considering that people vote for their President based on whether they’d like to have a beer with him or not, why the hell not vote Yuni in?
(image via @Brewers)
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