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The Forgotten Man



In 2009 he experiences his first full season in the major leagues. That year he finished with 34 homeruns, 108 RBI, and a .306/.355/.569 slash. He earned fifth place in the AL MVP voting and the future looked bright. He kicked off 2010 in a similar fashion, hitting out 11 long balls, knocking in 39 runs, and retaining a solid .290 average through 50 games. Then, this happened:

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via i.usatoday.net

In an extremely unfortunate freak accident, that was admittedly rather amusing until the actual damage was known, Kendrys Morales broke his leg on home plate and didn't play baseball for the remainder of the season, or the entire 2011 season. By the time he returned in 2012, there was a new guy called Albert Pujols doing his job at first base and a line up stuffed with talents such as mike trout and trumbo hoping to win a world series (or even make the playoffs) was not a great place for a guy trying to ease back into the game. He hit only 8 home runs in the first half of the season, (well below break-out, pre-leg-break, 34 pace). In this time, his ISO (isolated power calculated by working out extra-base hits per at bat), sat at a mundane .142. All these numbers were boring enough for him to be written off enough that what came next went unnoticed by most of the league. In the second half of the season, Kendrys quietly hit 14 homeruns, and slugged over .500, despite noticeable dips in batting average that could have been attributed to a BABIP that dropped to well below his career average. His ISO in this period was a lofty .248, he was hitting the ball well.

With all the off-season craziness that happens every year, i hardly even noticed Kendrys Morales join the mariners. However, since being there, he has continued his momentum on the path to becoming his former self (that's less deep than it sounds). He is currently excelling in a variety of statistics. Some of the most impressive statistics are his wOBA and wRC+. wOBA, weighted on-base average, measures a players production by weighting different hits and contributions accordingly. For example, a player is given more credit for a double then he would for a single. However, both hits would have the same effect on generic average and on-base measurements. wRC+, weighted runs created plus, combines all offensive contributions a player makes in a way that really matters. It simply estimates how many runs a player is worth to his team over the course of the season. Kendrys Morales leads the team in both, and in average...and in RBI...and in OBP...and in WAR... IT'S TIME THE REST OF THE LEAGUE TOOK NOTICE. Anj2tzt_medium

via i.imgur.com

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