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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
10 2581 .242 .374 .439 .293 10.4
Birth Date1-7-1979
Height6' 1"
Weight250 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2001 ARI 22 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 .402 0.4 -0.0 0.0
2002 COL 23 35 78 65 8 11 2 0 1 16 12 32 0 1 0 8 0 1 .169 .295 .246 .194 -4.4 0.0 -0.4
2003 BAL 24 27 84 73 7 19 7 0 4 38 10 25 1 0 0 11 0 0 .260 .357 .521 .301 2.7 0.1 0.3
2004 BAL 25 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .023 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2006 SDN 27 4 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .260 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2007 OAK 28 124 507 395 61 101 18 1 26 199 105 164 1 6 0 82 0 2 .256 .408 .504 .331 41.9 -2.2 3.9
2008 OAK 29 148 598 481 77 111 19 0 33 229 111 197 2 4 0 77 0 0 .231 .375 .476 .301 32.4 1.2 3.4
2009 OAK 30 149 612 513 88 123 16 0 25 214 93 185 2 4 0 70 4 1 .240 .356 .417 .275 18.0 -8.5 1.0
2010 OAK 31 112 425 349 50 95 19 0 13 153 68 127 5 3 0 52 2 2 .272 .395 .438 .303 21.8 0.3 2.3
2011 SEA 32 67 270 225 19 48 15 1 3 74 44 87 1 0 0 23 0 0 .213 .344 .329 .253 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
Career670258121073115109621059254448191218032366.242.374.439.293112.7-9.210.4

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1998 SBN A 0 67 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 LTH Rk 0 313 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .468 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 HDS A+ 0 553 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .432 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ELP AA 0 566 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .401 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ARI MLB 3 3 .402 .229 .328 .375 .261 .500 102 0.5 0.1 0 -0.0 -0.2 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2001 TUC AAA 135 554 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .376 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 COL MLB 35 78 .194 .256 .323 .397 .253 .303 115 -5.5 2.0 -0.4 0.0 -0.3 -4.4 -0.4 -4.4 -0.4
2002 CSP AAA 105 450 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .335 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BAL MLB 27 84 .301 .255 .311 .408 .247 .341 102 3.8 2.3 -1.5 0.1 -1.1 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2003 OTT AAA 97 415 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .374 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BAL MLB 1 1 .023 .225 .277 .333 .190 .000 105 -0.3 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2004 OTT AAA 102 413 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SAC AAA 134 600 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 SDN MLB 4 3 .260 .250 .309 .381 .235 .500 94 0 0.1 0 -0.0 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2006 POR AAA 138 591 .334 .274 .347 .426 .268 .345 104 41.3 15.1 -4.3 -10.0 0.7 50.5 4.0 50.5 4.0
2007 OAK MLB 124 507 .331 .265 .331 .418 .260 .355 93 40 15.0 -7.2 -2.2 -3.9 41.9 3.9 41.9 3.9
2007 POR AAA 25 100 .393 .271 .332 .424 .256 .357 99 14.8 3.0 -1.2 -0.3 -0.3 16.2 1.5 16.2 1.5
2008 OAK MLB 148 598 .301 .264 .329 .413 .258 .306 98 26.5 17.3 -7.2 1.2 -1.5 32.4 3.4 32.4 3.4
2009 OAK MLB 149 612 .275 .261 .330 .417 .259 .319 101 9.5 17.6 -9.6 -8.5 0.4 18.0 1.0 18.0 1.0
2010 OAK MLB 112 425 .303 .257 .322 .406 .257 .387 100 18.7 11.7 -6.8 0.3 -2.1 21.8 2.3 21.8 2.3
2010 SAC AAA 33 144 .320 .276 .349 .429 .268 .356 92 9.8 4.4 -2.2 1.2 -1.6 9.3 1.0 9.3 1.0
2011 SEA MLB 67 270 .253 .255 .319 .400 .259 .333 95 -1.9 7.3 -4.6 0.0 -0.9 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2011 LEH AAA 6 23 .236 .266 .327 .417 .258 .250 94 -0.6 0.7 -0.5 0.0 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2012 LVG AAA 16 68 .263 .252 .315 .383 .249 .333 98 0.2 2.0 -1 -0.0 0.1 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2012 SWB AAA 98 425 .302 .260 .332 .396 .257 .333 101 20.2 12.6 -8.1 0.0 0.3 25.0 2.5 25.0 2.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1998 SBN A 67 5 15 3 0 0 4 5 20 0 1 .242 .299 .290 .048 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 LTH Rk 313 75 77 20 2 11 56 86 71 15 8 .345 .534 .601 .256 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 HDS A+ 553 107 152 42 3 32 112 96 145 1 4 .334 .452 .651 .316 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ELP AA 566 100 131 32 6 20 75 117 150 12 9 .293 .442 .526 .233 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TUC AAA 554 81 123 24 2 27 79 102 160 6 3 .278 .419 .525 .247 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ARI MLB 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 .000 .402 0.4 -0.0 0.0
2002 CSP AAA 450 74 95 24 0 23 55 83 121 6 3 .265 .409 .524 .259 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 COL MLB 78 8 11 2 0 1 8 12 32 0 1 .169 .295 .246 .077 .194 -4.4 0.0 -0.4
2003 BAL MLB 84 7 19 7 0 4 11 10 25 0 0 .260 .357 .521 .260 .301 2.7 0.1 0.3
2003 OTT AAA 415 55 95 18 1 9 58 80 94 5 2 .285 .424 .426 .141 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OTT AAA 413 55 81 15 1 17 55 65 127 4 0 .235 .360 .433 .198 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BAL MLB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .023 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2005 SAC AAA 600 95 123 28 1 19 75 115 153 2 4 .257 .404 .438 .182 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 POR AAA 591 97 129 23 0 30 77 143 124 0 3 .293 .469 .549 .256 .334 50.5 -10.0 4.0
2006 SDN MLB 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .260 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2007 POR AAA 100 17 24 7 0 9 20 19 29 0 0 .300 .434 .725 .425 .393 16.2 -0.3 1.5
2007 OAK MLB 507 61 101 18 1 26 82 105 164 0 2 .256 .408 .504 .248 .331 41.9 -2.2 3.9
2008 OAK MLB 598 77 111 19 0 33 77 111 197 0 0 .231 .375 .476 .245 .301 32.4 1.2 3.4
2009 OAK MLB 612 88 123 16 0 25 70 93 185 4 1 .240 .356 .417 .177 .275 18.0 -8.5 1.0
2010 SAC AAA 144 21 30 6 0 4 19 33 33 0 0 .273 .444 .436 .164 .320 9.3 1.2 1.0
2010 OAK MLB 425 50 95 19 0 13 52 68 127 2 2 .272 .395 .438 .166 .303 21.8 0.3 2.3
2011 LEH AAA 23 3 5 2 0 1 2 3 3 0 0 .250 .348 .500 .250 .236 0.3 0.0 0.0
2011 SEA MLB 270 19 48 15 1 3 23 44 87 0 0 .213 .344 .329 .116 .253 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2012 SWB AAA 425 63 84 14 1 20 66 81 127 2 0 .249 .400 .475 .226 .302 25.0 0.0 2.5
2012 LVG AAA 68 7 10 1 0 0 6 16 21 3 0 .200 .397 .220 .020 .263 1.1 -0.0 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2475 0.4978 0.3810 0.6681 0.5933 0.1706 0.7264 0.4670 0.3319
2009 2565 0.5154 0.4031 0.7041 0.6127 0.1802 0.7728 0.4554 0.2959
2010 1755 0.5020 0.3960 0.6950 0.6163 0.1739 0.7808 0.3882 0.3050
2011 1084 0.5157 0.4004 0.6659 0.6100 0.1771 0.7302 0.4301 0.3341
Career78790.50690.39420.68550.6070.17540.75410.44060.3145

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-02-28 2012-03-03 Camp 4 0 Right Knee Soreness - -
2011-03-27 2011-03-27 Camp 0 0 Back Stiffness -
2010-04-01 2010-04-01 Camp 0 0 General Medical Allergies -
2009-06-04 2009-06-05 DTD 1 1 Low Back Tightness -
2009-05-29 2009-06-01 DTD 3 4 Low Back Tightness -
2009-05-27 2009-05-29 DTD 2 1 Low Back Tightness -
2009-03-24 2009-03-25 Camp 1 0 Low Back Tightness -
2008-08-23 2008-08-24 DTD 1 1 Blurred Vision -
2008-08-07 2008-08-09 DTD 2 2 Right Thumb Infection Thumb -
2008-03-09 2008-03-10 Camp 1 0 Head Laceration HBP -
2007-07-14 2007-07-14 DTD 0 0 Foot Contusion Foul Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 TBA $
2012 HOU $148,000
2011 SEA $2,500,000
2010 OAK $2,650,000
2009 OAK $2,800,000
2008 OAK $410,000
2004 BAL $305,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$8,813,000
6 yrTotal$8,813,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 103 dGregg Clifton1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 2/5/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Baltimore 3/21/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 2/17/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Tampa Bay 3/23/13.
  • 1 year/$0.6M (2012), plus 2013 club option. Signed by Houston as a free agent 1/17/12 (non-guaranteed contract). 12:$0.6M, 13:$1M club option. Released by Houston 3/27/12 (due 45 days' salary, about $148,000). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 3/30/12 (minor-league contract). Released by NY Yankees 8/1/12. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 8/5/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2011). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 12/10/10. Performance bonuses. DFA by Seattle 7/29/11. Released 8/4/11. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 8/12/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$2.65M (2010). Re-signed by Oakland as a free agent 1/7/10. $0.35M in performance bonuses based on PAs. Accepted assignment to Triple-A by Oakland 4/10/10 after being DFA 4/3/10. Contract purchased by Oakland 5/15/10. Non-tendered by Oakland 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$2.8M (2009). Re-signed by Oakland 1/14/09 (avoided arbitration). Award bonuses: $50,000 each for All Star, Gold Glove LCS MVP. $0.1M each for Silver Slugger, WS MVP. $0.1M for MVP ($75,000 for 2nd in vote, $50,000 for 3rd). Non-tendered by Oakland 12/12/09
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2008). Re-signed by Oakland 2/28/08
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by San Diego 3/07. Acquired by Oakland in trade from San Diego 5/3/07
  • 1 year (2006). Signed as a free agent 12/05 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 9/06
  • 1 year (2005). Signed as a free agent 12/04 (minor-league contract)
  • 1 year/$0.305M (2004). Sent outright to Triple-A 4/04
  • Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Colorado 3/03.
  • Acquired by Colorado in trade from Arizona 1/02.
  • Drafted by Arizona 1997 (1-30) (Immaculata HS, Somerville, N.J.).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which one (or more) of the A's' non-hitters are closest to running out of chances?
(edwardarthur from Illinois)
Daric Barton comes to mind. A's fans have been frustrated with him for years now, though some of that is his approach more than his actual performance. Turns out that not even followers of Team Moneyball appreciate guys who strike out because they take a lot of pitches. Me, I have a Jack Cust shirsey in my drawer, so I love the guy.

One wonders about the length of Kurt Suzuki's leash, too. He appears to be a good defensive catcher with the blocking of balls, and I don't recall him doing too badly by Mike Fast's pitch-framing studies, either, but a repeat of his 2010 year offensively might open the door for Derek Norris sooner rather than later. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are those of you in the saber community bullish or bearish on Carlos Pena in a Cub uniform? Park effect should help but the higher ground-ball rate seems worrisome.
(Matt from Chicago)
Pena is considered a saber darling because he is a three-true outcomes player, and all of those players are generally undervalued by the majority of fans. In that case the saber community usually overcompensates to even out how such players are perceived. I mean, Jack Cust is good, but come on. The groundball rate increase is definitely worrisome, as his numbers took a dip but a lot of it seemingly had to do with that change in balls in play distribution. I also think people forget it was only three years ago that Pena just, well, wasn't that good. I feel like he'll have a decent year for the Cubs, something like .245/.370/.510 with 34 HR, but if he is a groundball machine again that obviously changes. (Eric Seidman)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I the only one that thinks passing on Cust to sign Matsui is silly? The Dek costs more, is 5 years older and was outplayed by Cust last year. Should we restart the free Jack Cust campaign?
(colbylee from LA)
I can see where you're coming from, but the guy's been a regular for four years, and just got a contract to do so for somebody else in a fifth. Keep in mind, Cust was just OK, in that he was and is a platoon DH with modest power. The A's decided they wanted a DH who would produce similar or better power, a healthy share of walks, but one who could also more consistently deliver hard-hit balls in play. As easy as it is to accept that RISP walk as a positive result, the A's lineup didn't have the kind of depth to cash in on those opportunities passed along. (Adding DeJesus helps, as getting a full season from Crisp might help.) That's not Cust's fault as much as it represents a particular problem in what you wanted or needed from him, but squeezing a platoon DH among the near-standard 13 position players is a tough fit for a lot of teams; the A's decided they were one of them. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the A's go into next season with the team as currently configured and the Rangers fail to sign Cliff Lee, are the A's legitimate contenders for the AL West?
(Dave from Chicago)
I like the pitching but where the hell is the offense supposed to come from on that team? They had three guys with TAvs above .275 last year, Jack Cust, Coco Crisp, and Daric Barton, and the first two are gone now. Yes, they'll have Chris Carter, but that's not enough.

Billy Beane's inability to build an offense in Oakland over the past several years is downright depressing. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Matt, Today in the GM for a Day article on the Red Sox, Jay Jaffe said he would cut bait on David Ortiz and bring in someone else at a lesser cost (he mentioned Jim Thome, Jack Cust and Russell Branyon as possibilities). This struck me as thinking too hard. Sure Ortiz will be over paid, but he's also likely to be better than those guys, and in the end isn't this a perfect opportunity to flex that big payroll? What do you think?
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
I haven't gotten a chance to read it, but I'll probably hear him out later this afternoon. I certainly wouldn't let Ortiz go this year-- he's a great DH, and he's worth as much to the Red Sox as any team they'd trade him to. Maybe going forward, they might have some concerns before bringing him back in 2012 though. (Matt Swartz)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Marc, I need some serious help. I thought I drafted really well with a bunch of 4 and 5 star guys, but here I sit in 12th place. I have Kinsler back and Wright and Teixeira seem to be turning things around, but Justin Upton, Brett Anderson, Bucholtz and Kershaw have been disappointments and Ianetta, Jurrjens, Javi Vazquez and Scherzer have been awful. There trade value is non-existent to low. Time to cut bait on any of them?
(DanDaMan from 12th Place)
DanDaMan, it's been just over a month. Here's my take on fantasy: you get frustrated before you get worried. I try to be very patient, because if you get rid of a player that you had that much faith in just weeks ago based on a small sample, then you're going to regret it later far more often than not.

I'm currently in a super-deep AL-only league where you need five outfielders--three of mine were Jack Cust, Mike Cameron and Rick Ankiel. I'm panicking a little more in that league just because there are literally no replacements (the best available OF on waivers has 8 at-bats), but in all of my others that have bad things going on (injuries, early struggles, etc.) I'm just waiting it out. Don't panic. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)How odd was it to interview Chris Davis after he had just been sent down? What do you think of his big league future?
(SprungOnSports from Long Island)
I actually talked to Davis right before he was sent down, either the day or the day before. If he saw it coming, he didn't let on. He was calm, cool and collected.

Prior to formally starting the interview, we chatted about strikeouts and how statheads view them different than most casual fans. He seems quite aware that his value is that of a TTO hitter [who also plays good defense]. His future is likely tied to Smoak more than looking into a mirror and seeing Jack Cust with a glove. (David Laurila)
2010-01-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the opinion of Jack Cust outside of the Bay Area? I know he can't field & strikes out a lot. What else? How does he compare to other Dhers? Are there stats on how many of his HRs tied or put the A's ahead? I was very unhappy to see the A's resign him. Another season of watching him swing wildly and take strike three right down the middle.
(jwpend from Oakland)
Basically, the view of him, which is why he wound up re-signing with Oakland. There was minimal interest from other teams. (John Perrotto)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the A's don't dump Jack Cust, where do you see Jake Fox playing in Oakland? Can he fake it at 3B or does he just embarrass himself?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
Jake Fox makes Cust look like a gold glove candidate at any position. He is, like Cust, a DH only. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Jack Cust make any sense for the Mets? What would be Oakland's asking price, maybe Daniel Murphy in a straight swap?
(Robin from NJ)
I have no idea why the Mets would want Jack Cust. He can't play the outfield, the NL doesn't have a DH, and unless they were going to use him in a Matt Stairs with the Phillies type of role, it makes no sense. And even if they did want him to be their Stairs, there are plenty of freely available guys like Andy Tracy who could do the same thing without expensing much. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it time to non-tender Jack Cust and move on to Chris Carter? Is Ryan Sweeney really the solution in right? Can Daric Barton ever hit in months that don't start with "S"? It was nice to see the team play well down the stretch, but there are still a ton of question marks.
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
Cust has been a fine placeholder at DH, but he needs to be seen as such. If he's game for a one-year deal, the A's can afford to buy the time and see if Barton fends off Carter initially. While slotting Cust in an outfield corner if both Carter and Barton earn their keep wouldn't be lovely, nobody's going places with an outfield trio of Sweeney/Rajai Davis/Scott Hairston. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of A's prospect Chris Carter? Future middle of the order bat or future Jack Cust?
(Eric from Denver)
I'm a skeptic until the power comes up a few more notches. As much as it's a good year for a 22-year-old in Double-A, he's having a good-not-great season for a first-base prospect. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jack Cust "3 True Outcomes" Award? Or does Rob Deer have the rights to that?
(Tex Premium Lager from NJ)
I think Rob Deer has that nailed down. I mean, he should. He was a pretty good ballplayer people tend to forget about.

What's strange about him too, is that you tend to think of goofy players that can't field or run when you think of some TTO guys, but Deer could field pretty well. His value wasn't just wrapped up in his homers and walks. (Marc Normandin)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)If the A's sign Jason Giambi, how would that impact Jack Cust, Daric Barton, and Travis Buck? Does Giambi play first with Barton going to the bench or minors? Does Giambi DH with Barton staying at first and then Cust moving to the outfield, thus displacing Buck, or does Cust go to the bench?
(Eric from Denver)
I think this potentially impacts Barton more than anybody, because while the A's don't see Cust as unplayable in the outfield, it seems more likely that he'll get more DH time than outfield play, and that means Giambi'd be playing a lot of first base. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the least athletic person you've seen play baseball at high level?
(Rob from Brighton)
Wow. Billy Butler? Jack Cust? Great question. And taking nominations from the readers. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)So at what point do the nay-sayers admit that Jack Cust is "for real" and that he should have gotten a shot years ago?
(Alex from SF, CA)
Good question, Alex, in part because there's still a body of opinion that says he's a one-year wonder (our own Kevin Goldstein, for one), and another that feels he's as much of an outfielder as Kevin Reimer ever was, and a third that thinks he'll be able to do this for another year or two, tops, but that his window's already closing. All of that said, I'd lean towards that latter school; he's more Russell Branyan than Matt Stairs, but he certainly isn't Jim Traber. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Right now, Jack Cust is getting fed almost nothing but off-speed pitches following his mashing of HRs last year. Did AAA pitchers do the same thing to him?
(Arnold Layne from Cambridge)
Look, the guy hit .256 last year while striking out 164 times in 395 at-bats. It doesn't take an Ivy League education to figure out that's not sustainable. You'll never see that again. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long do the A's wait for Jack Cust to come around? Chris Carter has been red-hot lately...could he fill the DH hole this year, or is it too early? Also, will Carlos Gonzalez replace Ryan Sweeney in center this season?
(Matt from St. Paul)
I'm just not sure what they replace him with right now -- you're WAY too early on Carter. Gonzalez SHOULD replace Sweeney, but they might be saving him for '09. C-Gon is the far better player, and I've never been a Sweeney fan. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the funniest player comment/line out in me this year? Some of my readers aren't going to finish with me until the All-Star Break and may want to hit the highlights.
(Baseball Prospectus from Coffee Tables and Bookshelves Everywhere)
Jack Cust, and it's Kevin Goldstein's. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)80 wins for the A's!? isn't this team much worse than last year's squad that was sub 80 wins? not to mention the probability of a Billy Bean firesale at the allstar break?
(hsrhee from southport ct)
The A's had an awful lot of things go wrong last year. I mean, both Chavez and Crosby were just awful. Shannon Stewart sucked up more than 600 plate appearances for them. They got essentially replacement level performance out of the 1B and DH slots, at least until Jack Cust came along. Rich Harden was (predictably) unhealthy. They also somewhat underperformed their Pythagorean record. So this is a team that was due for some regression back upward toward the mean, which in this case is enough to outweigh the losses of Swisher and Haren. (Nate Silver)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are the odds Dan Johnson sticks with the A's out of ST?
(dwiest12 from Vienna VA)
It would have to seem like a dodgy proposition, wouldn't it? Daric Barton's also a lefty, and also only plays first, and the roster's got a full-time DH in Jack Cust, which bites into any possibility of keeping two like players. Add in the fact that Johnson's out of options, and the stakes get higher still, because if he doesn't win the job, he's going to have to go through waivers. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)How is Chipper looking this season? He has been awfully good in his mid-thirties when hes been able to play.
(twayda from Chicago)
Haven't seen him yet.

I answer this question bc there's a lot of similar questions. I honestly haven't been checking in with sources yet except on specific cases. In the first week of training camp we get the "best shape of their careers" stories and the "Jack Cust put on 20 lbs of muscle" stories, plus the "damn, what did Josh Beckett eat this off-season, everything?" stories.

Chipper's risky and I think he'd be better off in some sort of platoon to reduce his playing time. (Not a R/L platoon, but something where he could just play 4 times a week.) (Will Carroll)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Todd Linden is no Jack Cust...or is he? Could he find a place in a not so-experienced-outfield with the A's?
(Manprin from Sacramento, CA)
No, he's no Jack Cust. He's just another Fresno Grizzlie who fizzles outside of his den. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveNo. Jack Cust is the poor man's Matt Stairs. Matt Stairs is the poor man's Hank Sauer. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesQuick question with Jim Thome getting to lead off the second. Is Jim Thome suddenly Jack Cust, or is Jack Cust suddenly Jim Thome.

Also, and I hate to harp on this as I'm a bit of a videophile, but it's ironic that TBS' little ads about how cool it is that they're in HD with 5.1 audio arent' really in HD. (Kevin Goldstein)
 

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