An ‘A’ for Ben?! I like him but don’t know if I can go THAT far. He is a master at stating the obvious and he uses the term ‘melted that ball’ at least twice a game. I’ll give him a solid ‘B.’
the more I think about it thought, the more I wonder if getting rid of Palmer and Thorne is a permanent move, perhaps at least requested by the FO. The whole Davis/Palmer beef had to have been deeply distracting for the team and Ben Macdonald is a much safer personality who will never go rogue like that.
Good point about the shift, but Davis is not the only LHB who faces extreme shifts. The fact that he is hitting under .200 the last two years must have something to do with the calculation. Would be interesting to compare other steals of home in that situation but I don't know of any.
Willie Wilson had 13 inside the park homers. He was really fast, he played in the era of old-school concrete-backed Astroturf, and Royals/Kaufmann Stadium is 387 to RC and has that curve at the pole that sometimes keeps balls rolling along the fenceline.
Wilson had five inside-the-park homers as a rookie in 1979. That astounding. Seven of his first nine homers were ISTP.
George Brett had seven ISTPers.
In ancient history ISTP homers were about as common as over-the-fencers. HOFer Jesse Burkett had 75 homers, 55 ISTP, three bounced.