Friday, December 21, 2007

Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn were briefly discussing Danny Ainge's baseball career on the Celtics telecast tonight. Danny had a short stint in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays from 1979 to 1981.

The number one thing I remember about Danny's baseball career was his write up in Bill James Baseball Abstract one year. Danny was rated #26 out of 26 third basemen. James write-up on Ainge consisted of two words: "Dribble, dribble."

James pretty much hit it on the nose. Danny's lifetime baseball statistics included a .220 batting average, two homers and 37 RBI in 211 career games. His lifetime OPS was .533. By comparison, the notoriously light hitting Stan Papi (famously traded to the Sox for Bill Lee) has an OPS of .584.

Needless to say, Ainge's basketball career was a lot more successful. I thank him for making the Celtics relevant again.


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