How this works
Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:
- Pre-season expectations
- 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
- Health and other mitigating factors
- How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.
Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.
Additional bonus! Going forward. we'll also have a "Comment of the Thread" for the appraisal, so please rec the comments you find insightful, funny, or whatever.
Cody Ross - RF
- DOB: 12/23/1980
- 2014 Salary: $9,500,000
- 2014 Performance: 83 games, 219 PA, .252/.306/.322 = .628 OPS, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 75 OPS+
- 2014 Value: bWAR -0.9, fWAR -1.2
Ross's 2013 was derailed by a freak accident while running to first, dislocating his hip so ferociously, it snapped part of the socket wall. There was genuine concern as to whether he'd ever play again and, although he did come back on April 18, that may have been too soon - over his first 16 games, he went 7-for-52 with no extra-base hits and one walk. For much of the season thereafterm he seemed like a shadow of his old self, with almost no power. A calf injury led to him missing 38 more games in July and August, and although he batted .310 in the final month, this season was likely even more forgettable than 2013, even discounting his Twitter spat with a local reporter.