Jeff Kent won the 2000 NL MVP solely because he hit behind Barry Bonds.
Jeff Kent was not better than Barry Bonds, however, he got plenty of opportunities to drive in runners as Barry Bonds got the intentional free pass 688 times in his career, including 120 times in 2004. Now, Kent was in Houston at this time, but between 1997 until 2002, Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 197 times, which was a big win for Kent batting behind him.
What am I getting at here you may be asking yourself? It’s quite simple, Vladimir Guererro Jr. should not be pitched to. Vlad Jr. isn’t Barry Bonds, but, in this article, I will try to convince you that he is such.
A third of the way into the season, Vlad leads the MLB in a plethora of stats, including homers, RBI, OBP, Slugging, OPS and WAR for position players. Not just that, but he also leads the AL in batting average with a mind-blowing .344 average. Vlad is insane.
Another stat that proves he’s a good hitter is that he’s walked 40 times while striking out 41 times. In percentages, he walks 15.2% while only striking out 15.5% of the time. This is to say that Guerrero has …
Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation