So, Ivan Rodriguez overtook Ramon Hernandez for the final Type A spot...
or did he?
Let's take a look at how Rodriguez and Hernandez arrived at their rankings.
- For days on the disabled list, Pudge spent seven days on suspension while Hernandez had two stints last year that I have adding up to 39. Therefore, for Rodriguez each counting stat will be multiplied by (364/357) and for Hernandez (364/325).
- In plate appearances, Hernandez finished with 1019.2 and Rodriguez with 955.4. Neither of them are close to anybody else, so I am certain that Hernandez will get 28 of the possible 31 points here while Rodriguez will get 26.
- Moving on to home runs, I have Hernandez in ninth place with 26.9, behind A.J. Pierzynski (27.1), John Buck (27.2), and Jorge Posada (27.5). It would take three more DL days for Hernandez to make up the ground on Pierzynski. If I miscounted on those days, Rodriguez and Hernandez would be tied. For now, I have Hernandez picking up 23 and Rodriguez 19 here.
- On to RBI's, where Hernandez's 142.2 is good for third (29/31) among catchers. Rodriguez, meanwhile is in the middle of a pack. At 99.9, he is just a shade behind Kenji Johjima's 100 and just above Mike Napoli's 99.4. With one more suspended day, Rodriguez would overtake Johjima. With two less, Napoli would overtake him. I've got Napoli at the assumed limit of 60 days, so if I handled that part of the adjustment incorrectly, Napoli could be overtaking Rodriguez there. For now, Rodriguez gets 22 points for RBI's.
- To batting average, where the DL adjustment doesn't matter. Hernandez hit .258 (18/31) while Rodriguez hit .279 (25/31).
- OBP also has no dependence on the missed time adjustment. Hernandez got on base at a .315 clip (19/31) while Rodriguez only posted a .303 mark (17/31).
- Now to fielding percentage, which is only counted at the catcher's position. Rodriguez put up a .993 mark, good for 13th (19/31 points), while Hernandez put up a .989 rate (12/31).
- Finally, we go to assists. Again, only assists accumulated at catcher count towards the rankings. Pudge, at 110.1 ranked third among the pool of players for 29 of 31 points. Hernandez, at 99.68 finished fifth behind Pierzynski (100.3) and above Mathis (99). For Hernandez, it would have taken two more days on the disabled list to have overtaken Pierzynski.
Hernandez was just one point behind Rodriguez. To summarize where he could have made up those points.
- With three more days, Hernandez could have passed Pierzynski in home runs.
- With Mike Napoli getting more than 60 days for his DL adjustment, thereby overtaking Ivan Rodriguez.
- With Rodriguez losing two days off of his missed time adjustment for suspensions, Napoli would pass him in home runs.
- Finally, with two more days on the DL Hernandez would pass Pierzynski in assists.