Considering Ty Wigginton's stats recently, I was floored by how well he's produced since leaving Pittsburgh. I stacked him up against other hall of fame third basemen, and I was really surprised by what I found:
- He's almost 1/3 of the way to 3,000 hits, a plateau that surely would surely guarantee him enshrinement
- His .183 ISO is other-worldly, and for those who keep up with sabermatric statistics like isolated power (like me), we are both impressed and awed by Ty's proficiency here.
-Of his 137 HRs hit over just the last 8 years, 30 of them have come while playing 2B, a position not typically thought of as a power position. This places him in rarified company with players like Ryne Sandberg, Ernie Banks and other Cubs greats.
- Perhaps most convincingly, for his career, he has a .952 OPS while hitting at home or Comerica Park with runners on 2nd and 3rd, hitting a HR 10% of the time in that situation.
These are just a few of the many statistics that back up these assertions, and I implore you to consider these words carefully...