Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pierzynski Wants You To Know That It's Ozzie Guillen's Fault He Can't Throw

There have few things about the White Sox year in and year out that have been consistent the last couple of years. There's been Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle, and Alexei Ramirez.

Nothing, however, has been as consistent as knowing that opponents are going to be able to run at will on the arm of A.J. Pierzynski. Unless the pitcher did an excellent job of holding the runner at first, just about anybody could take second base with Pierzynski behind the plate.

But, don't worry, that's going to change in 2012.

You see, Pierzynski wants you to know that the only reason he couldn't throw anybody out is because Ozzie Guillen just didn't care enough, damn it.

"We have the ability to be very good at it," Pierzynski told the Tribune. "Over the past couple years — especially me in general — we've taken a beating for something we never cared about. (The previous coaching staff) just didn't care about it. They had other things to worry about, and it's refreshing and it's nice to know that it's a high priority and it's something we're going to try to do.

"We've talked about this before. It takes three people to stop the baserunning — the pitcher, the catcher and whoever is covering second base. It's something we needed to work on. It cost us runs in the past and hopefully with the work we're putting in, it will help once the games start."

Unfortunately, there are a couple holes in A.J.'s theory. First of all, this isn't the first time Pierzysnki has blamed others for his inability to throw out baserunners, and it's really easy to blame Guillen for it now that he's gone.

Second, here are Pierzynski's career numbers since becoming a full-time player in the Majors in 2001.

SEASON % of runners thrown out
2001 32
2002 30
2003 30
2004 23
2005 23
2006 22
2007 24
2008 18
2009 23
2010 26
2011 20

So, as you can see, while his numbers were slightly better in Minnesota, they've never been good. Plus he only threw out 23% of runners in 2004 during his one season with the Giants.

Was Ozzie managing that Giants team, or was Felipe Alou in charge?

They all look alike to you, don't they, Pierzynski?


  1. AJ went 32, 30, 30 in MINN - that is well above the ML average.

    1. True, but he was also a lot younger than. Age is probably the culprit behind his loss of arm strength, not his manager not caring. Or Gavin Floyd. Or whatever the hell he'll blame it on tomorrow.


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