We’re just spitballing here, but when a guy is able to take the field for only 59 percent of the games that his team has played over four seasons, shouldn’t there be a sabermetric term for his lack of durability?
"Freakish," Hal Steinbrenner said.
"Fluky," Randy Levine suggested.
Okay, skip it. There is nothing wonky about lousy luck, which by all accounts is the only thing that keeps a crash-test dummy named Jacoby Ellsbury from being worth the $153 million the Yankees are paying him for the next seven years. Most of us look at this deal with a judgmental squint, but as the team embarks on a transitional period with a 30-year-old center fielder as their mainstay, they had better hope he stays off the DL, where he has spent 249 of the last 731 major-league days.
To ease your mind, they humbly submit the following for your approval: You will genuinely enjoy watching the hypercaffeinated Ellsbury play for one reason: He is one of the few guys whose skill set enables him to win gam...