Well its been too long frankly since our last poll for all time Sox players, but since our friend U-God is busy blowing his nose and warming his toes, I decided to fill in with a centerfielder question for the masses. Consider this rain delay theater on the U-God project. I got these stats from yahoo! sports, and if they are to be believed, the Sox went 138 for 579 from the position, which is a .238 average and if Im not mistaken the very definition of a replacement player. Anyway, these stats are for games they played at cf exclusively, not their entire season.
In 2008, the Sox had a six pack of players take the field in centerfield, who was your favorite?
Well someone sure liked him because I saw a ton of Swisher t-shirts out there at the Cell last season. He started 69 games for the Sox, logging 535 innings in centerfield, and made 4/5s of the errors at the position. He hit safely 54 times in 222 tries as our CF, 9 for doubles and 11 HR for 47 runs and a dirty 30 batted in. He stole a bag and was caught once, and he struck out ten more times than he walked, 44 BB and 54 Ks(with 50 of them looking and grinning if I remember correctly), his slash line read .243/.369/.432/.802. He netted the Sox two Yankee prospects in a trade, I think they're names are Jack and Shint.
I love the range this kid has in the outfield, he gets to a lot of balls that would otherwise fall in for hits, but his bat has been pedestrian. He started 37 games in the 8 position and logged 447 innings there in total. 36 hits in 160 ABs with only 8 walks and 41 Ks. No errors, scoring 15 times on 11 doubles and 6 HR, knocking in 21. He stole one bag, with a slash line at the postion going .225/.262/.406/.668
Ken Griffey Jr.
He looks good there, but.... well, he just wasnt much of a centerfielder anymore. Man thats still a good looking swing though, even if it is considerably slower. The kid played 250 innings in centerfield, starting 32 games. 25 hits in 104 ABs, 10 doubles, 2 HR, scoring 11 and knocking in 13. He had three times as many ABs in right field as he did in center according to yahoo sports, which doesnt seem quite right, but I suppose its possible as I was drunk most of the season anyway. He walked 13 times, struck out 18, and had a slash line of .240/.322/.394/.716. He didn't have any steals, but he did rob Michael Cuddyer and the Twins of a run in the 5th inning in game 163 of the season, pegging his ass at the plate, making the trade completely worth it.
There are not a whole lot of pictures of Dewayne, even though he started 17 games in centerfield and played 144 innings out there for the Sox in '08. 17 for 59, scoring 9 runs, knocking in 6 on two doubles, a triple, and 3 HR. 4 SB, never getting caught, with 3 BB and 16 Ks. From the position Dewaynes line looks pretty good: .288/.317/.508/.826. Looks good compared to the rest of this bunch anyway.
The Cuban Missile took off in his rookie season for the Sox and was a big part of the central division Championship. A big part at second base. He was the opening day centerfielder but started only 6 games at center, logging 63 innings out there committing the only error at the position that wasnt credited to Swisher. Alexei was 5 for 28, with two doubles knocking in 2 RBI, scoring 0 runs. He had 6 strikeouts, one walk and was caught stealing. .179/.207/.250/.457 was his line, and many of us thought he wasnt ready for the show. Thank God noone heard us from our basements.
Jerry started two games in center, playing the 18 innings and going 1 for 6 at the plate with 1 K(pictured, maybe) 1 SB, 0 BB, 0 R, 1 RBI. .167/.167/.167/.333
Who was your favorite Sox centerfielder of all 2008?
Brian Anderson - hes dreamy (57 votes)
Nick Swisher - I like facial hair (14 votes)
Ken Griffey Jr. - hall of fame, 'nuf said (18 votes)
Alexei Ramirez - Cuban Missile (5 votes)
Jerry "Jesse" Owens (6 votes)
100 total votes