Buffalo will not host a game in Toronto this year. The point of an annual game was to turn Buffalo into a regional team, pulling in millions of potential fans in and around Toronto. Unfortunately, it turns out that hosting one crappy game a year hasn’t done much for the team, so they’re postponing this idea. I think this makes it all the more likely that Buffalo moves after Ralph Wilson passes on. That would be a shame for a long-running AFC franchise, but Buffalo’s a dead town in a dead region with a team whose last winning record was in the prior millennium.
Beyond the Box Score invented a stat today, called SCRAP (for Self Contained Replacement Average Player). It includes the ability to score runs (albeit, in a very insignificant way), being hit by pitches, getting caught stealing, bunting, and grounding into double plays. The objective is to get as close to zero as possible. David Eckstein scores…
a 1.29. Of all the players surveyed, in fact, he was least scrappy. The scrappiest career, with a SCRAP of .32, was Pete Kozma. Sorry, David Eckstein. I bet it was your sophomore year, when you ranked 11th in the MVP debate (no, seriously). Oddly enough, that was also the only year you had an OPS+ greater than 100.
Maybe you should have sucked more. (I’m surprised Juan Pierre and Willie Bloomquist weren’t included, actually.)