bigwords wrote:Atkins is FAR, FAR, FAR better than A-Ram.
I'll point you to two facts:
1. Atkins has much better plate discipline as evidenced by his +.400 OBP and his superb +1 BB/K ratio. Atkins ranks in the top 15 in both of these categories and neither of them have much to do with the "Coors effect."
2. Atkins average fly ball distance is one of the best in baseball. Even on the road, he's among the league leaders (#7 overall) in doubles. That stat is important because his power has been getting better with age, and we should soon expect those doubles to turn into home runs.
Attribute his breakout year as a fluke all you want, but his peripheral stats suggest a superior player. In fact, the first name on PECOTA's list of comparable players is Carl Ripken Jr.
I guess I should go with A-Ram then because I don't want someone who's best comparison is to someone I've never heard of before!