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November 20, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Giant LOOGY

by Sam Miller


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Signed 1B-L Brandon Allen to a minor-league contract [11/19]

There are blockquotes for the lazy writer, blockquotes for the reformed plagiarist writer, blockquotes for the short-of-time writer. And then there are the Quad-A blockquotes. A Quad-A player is, after all, a very special type of player, living under a cursed compulsion to repeat the same season, and same offseason, over and over. His minor-league numbers are always good (indeed, often improve with age) and his major-league journeys are always short and disappointing. The only thing that changes is the uniform, like a page-a-day calendar, and thus the blockquote serves to chronicle his monotony:

The chic comparison to make in cases like these is to Carlos Peña. A former A’s first baseman himself, Peña has mastered the art of surviving as a three-true-outcomes hitter. The difference is this: as often as Peña strikes out (and he has finished top-five in his league in five seasons), Allen strikes out even more often. Allen has fanned in almost 36 percent of his major-league plate appearances, compared to Pena’s 26 percent.

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