johnsamo wrote:Playing in KC early on helped to make him go unnoticed, then in Oakland, McGwire and Canseco and Giambi got all the attention, and then just when he should've been breaking out into the spotlight, he broke his leg and that really set him back. The kind of break he had, no matter what the Doctors tell you, it takes time to trust that you aren't going to break it again if you put out maximum effort... And then last year, Konerko and then this year Thome have gotten the spotlight, but he's "over" his broken leg (he's even started to get steals now), and he's in a good rbi spot in the Chisox lineup protecting Thome and Konerko.
One thing I've noticed this year, his walk rate has jumped a bit. Either he's getting pitched around or he's getting more patient at the plate.
That's a good breakdown. Also, the walk rate going up is pretty normal for a player as they get older. He's probably also getting a bit of respect now as well. After all, he is the reigning World Series MVP.
A bit more on his leg.... all athletes sort of fear or expect a knee problem at some point because they're so common, but when you have a nearly Theismanesque bone break like Dye's, mentally it's a huge psychological shock and it takes a long time to mentally get over that fear of breaking it again and it can make an athlete totally lose confidence in his body... and confidence is a huge part of what separates the great players from us mortals.
He sort of goes unnoticed. I remember in the draft, it was pretty late, and it hit me, I needed a OF with decent power and average, and "settled" for Dye. One of the best "settled" I've ever had. I think he goes unnoticed, because he's never had a year where he had an AMAZING YEAR (except at KC where nobodt notices) and he was out so long with the broken leg a while back, but this year especially, his walk and power #s jumped. look at his OPS this year, way above his average. I think it's the effect of finally being healthy and hitting in a great lienup.