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May 142010

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When Nick Johnson signed with the Yanks this past off season, much was made about his keen batting eye and his robust .424 On-Base% from last year. Much was also made about the fact that he’s always hurt, and how much time he’s missed since becoming a MLB ‘regular’. Just to have a little fun, I wanted to calculate a new stat for Nick called ‘On-DL%’ which will compare how many games he was available to play in, and how many he actually did by dividing his number of games played by the total played by his team. This won’t be precise, it may include days off that all starting players will get, but we’ll just assume something was hurting Nick those days. I will include his minor league games in 2001 and 2002, since that was the beginning of his MLB career. But I’m not including minor league rehab games after that, because he was still lost to his MLB club at that time. Here goes:

Total Games played by Johnson 2001-2010-907

Total Games played by MLB club-1492

On-DL%- .392

Amazingly enough, his .392 On-DL% is almost identical to his career .401 OBP, displaying remarkable consistency across every facet of his game. Perhaps by year’s end he can get both to line up perfectly. He’s well on his way.

9 Responses to “Nick Johnson’s On-DL%”

  1. That picture is just priceless. I laugh out loud every time I look at the damn thing. The trainer just kills me.  (Quote)

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  2. Matsui appears to be collapsing in LA so letting him go was probably the right move but I sure wish the egos hadn’t gotten in the way of re-signing Damon.  (Quote)

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    DaveinMD Reply:

    It wasn’t ego. Damon wanted a big payday and thought Cashman would blink. Cashman wasn’t thinking just about this year, so he didn’t blink.  (Quote)

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    the other Steve S. Reply:

    I’m not sure Johnson represents ‘planning for the future’. He’s a short-timer and they could have had Damon for 2yrs/$14m. It’s all hindsight now but expecting Johnson to stay healthy all year was wishful thinking.  (Quote)

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  3. Well, perhaps Miranda finally gets a chance to show he can produce at the major league level. As for the future, I suspect Posada will be a half-time DH next year, while Cervelli holds down the rest of the catching duties until one of the younger kids is ready to compete for the job.  (Quote)

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  4. I’m amazed how serious some of our readers are. Somebody please tell me they laughed at this.  (Quote)

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    Arno Reply:

    I laughed at the picture, the stat itself has nothing amusing about it. The guy is hurt 39% of the time. How is that even possible?? How can a person be so fragile?  (Quote)

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    the other Steve S. Reply:

    Carl Pavano  (Quote)

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