So Im on a Cardinals board and someone was discussing Ichiro and somehow Soriano was brought up.
Everyone started saying how much better Ichiro was and Soriano could never be as good (a big part of the arguement was that Ichiro was an MVP)
He was my arguement for Soriano (or at least it not being Hugely in favor of Ichiro)
is this a reletively sound arguement?
Whats everyones opinion on this arguement. I know all you guys here are much more knowledgable than me but here was my stab at it:
"I know this isnt the best way to do this but im lazy and its easy but go to espns stat pages
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/s ... yerId=3993
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/s ... yerId=4570
and it has a thing that compiles an "average season" for them. Its neat for these two because its based on approx about the same time:
5.93 years for soriano, and 5.91 for ichiro
CS 10 both
now, Soriano usually played for better teams, but the M's have been good in the past too.
It just looks like Ichiro hits for good average (way better than soriano) but he doesnt really score more runs, and doesnt knock in more.
Soriano gets on base less, but scores about the same, has much more power, and knocks in more. ( I know they dont have the same role [though Soriano has lead off] but Soriano has way better HR and RBI, and pretty close for runs scored)
For what its worth they both walk the same but Soriano K's much more.
They both steal about the same bases, but Soriano hits more doubles.
if you look at the OPS Soriano's on base weakness is more than made up by his slugging.
dont know how representitive that is.
just by this I dont see how you can say "OMG Ichiro is sooo much better"