Ladies and gentlemen, we have found the single laziest answer by an “expert” analysis in “expert” analysis history. I present to you, from yesterday’s ESPN.com chat with Jerry Crasnick, the new nadir of sports insight:
Patrick (Brooklyn, NY): Jorge Posada: Overrated, Hall of Famer, or somewhere in between?
Jerry Crasnick: Patrick, My initial knee jerk reaction is, “Somewhere in between.” But I haven’t checked him out on Baseball-Reference.com lately.
It is definitely way too demanding to ask Mr. Crasnick to check out Jorge Posada’s statistics during a chat in which he is asked baseball questions about baseball players. Apparently, if you don’t catch Mr. Crasnick on a day when he happened to look at a certain player’s numbers, you have no chance in hell of getting your question answered because, well, he just hasn’t seen the player’s numbers lately. But wait!
Ravi (NY): Hi Jerry- I’ve never had a question answered, and I’m hoping you can end that streak for me….Ryan Church: Is his fast start a fluke, or is his production vs lefties (.324/.405/.514) a product of playing everyday? I know Hojo has worked with him to reduce the uppercut in his swing.
Jerry Crasnick: Ravi, Welcome to the chat. Ryan Church has a .752 career OPS against lefties, so it’s not as if he’s been an automatic out against them. If Church says that Howard Johnson has had a positive impact on his performance, you have to believe that’s the case. In Washington, the Nats always thought Church had potential, but they were frustrated with his inability to stay on the field because of nagging injuries. I think this is just a combination of maturity, health and opportunity. (emphasis mine)
I can guarantee you that Mr. Crasnick did not know, off the top of his head, that Ryan Church has a .752 career OPS against lefties. He looked that up on a website. The type of website he visited also probably had Jorge Posada’s career statistics that he could have used to answer Patrick from Brooklyn’s question. But no, that is way too much work. Shame on you, Patrick from Brooklyn. Shame on you.
Fire Jerry Crasnick?