When the regional television broadcaster for Toronto Blue Jays games hired Gregg Zaun to be a talking head on the pre and post game shows, he offered a breath of fresh air to a fan base that previously tolerated a rather amateurish approach to presenting baseball on television. His insights into blocking pitches, pitch grips and base running were informative and his “no-nonsense” approach was entertaining and seemingly genuine.
At some point over the last two seasons, it’s safe to assume that Mr. Zaun was introduced to Don Cherry, the boisterous and xenophobic host of Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night In Canada, and a treasured voice to Rick-bags from across this nation of hosers. What was once informative and insightful has devolved into outlandish, as the charm of “no-nonsense” perspectives turned into the awkwardness of clichéd drivel spouted loudly without shame.
Mr. Zaun added to his ever-expanding repertoire of nonsense by sharing his thoughts on the American League MVP debate on Tuesday night with the following tweet:
Cabrera has 50 more rbi than trout. trout’s defence has not save the angels 50 runs over the next cf. cabby’s run production in 1.547 to 1.4
— Gregg Zaun (@greggzaun) October 3, 2012
Exhibiting a stunning lack of interest in ever auditioning for a role in a Major League front office, Mr. Zaun’s successful attempt at gaining attention on Tuesday night through his unabashed ignorance on how contributions are evaluated in baseball might have caused something of a negative reaction, but it does place him firmly in the category of master baiter.
And just so we’re clear, Miguel Cabrera has had an incredible season with his bat, most notably at collecting RBIs. However, we’d be remiss not to mention that he came up to the plate this season with a combined total of 444 runners on base. Mike Trout came to the plate with 305 men on base. There’s a bit of a difference there in opportunity.
But even with that difference, no one would argue that Mr. Carbrera wasn’t better at knocking in runs this season. He was the second best in all of baseball among regulars. However, there’s a whole lot more to be added to offensive value than the number of players you push across the plate, and even more to be added in terms of overall value. In almost every other element, Mike Trout is superior.
Ignoring this to offer a conveniently ignorant argument isn’t what we would’ve come to expect from Zaun when he first began introducing Blue Jays broadcasts. Unfortunately, his tossing of crumpled up and blank thoughts in our directions has become an all too familiar routine since his once promising debut.