Everyone likes Bob Dutton, right? He’s considered by some to be among the best beat writers in the country. He’s the president of the BWAA; impressive. Most bloggers and commenters on sites like this seem to like him. He’s congenial and usually gets the inside scoop. Many times I’ve been surprised when I hear big news from Bob well before it happens, the Gil Meche signing being a good example. I believe he also called the Kyle Davies trade ahead of time. The guy’s got connections, he keeps us informed, and he does a spring training video blog that looks like some kind of MySpace personal profile.
He also wrote the following in Saturday’s paper. To quote Dave Barry, I’m not making this up:
“The Royals could also take a look at utilityman Jose Vidro...an under-the-radar possibility who batted .314 in 2007.”
Now, I don’t really have to write anything further, do I? As far as I can tell, from the word ‘could’ in that sentence, this was a straight-up opinion, or even a suggestion from our friend Dutton. Wow. Anyone else glad Dutton doesn’t work for the Royals?
Apparently he didn’t read Joe Posnanski’s column on just how historically bad Vidro was this year. Or look at Vidro’s numbers. A quick summary of those:
That second number there is Vidro’s OBP. It is not his batting average with runners in scoring position. It is not his BABIP, not his success rate on attempts to make out with girls, not his likelihood of taking Dutton’s job after the latter man is unceremoniously released by the Star on the heels of this bizarre statement. Bob, I’m going to forget you ever said this. You must have lost a bet.