Sep 26, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins shortstopAdeiny Hechavarria
(3) throws to first base during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals in game one of a baseball doubleheader at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Miami Marlins 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The Adeiny Hechavarria Conundrum that aims to tear the Marlins fans base in twain. (A Hech divided against itself cannot stand)
Another baseball season is here and here we are with the much maligned/praised Adeiny Hechavarria manning the shortstop position for the Marlins.
The discussion surrounding Hechavarria is no longer a question of how good or bad he is; it has become a question of what Hechavarria means. A lot of people in the organization and surrounding it, characters like Joe Frisaro or Tommy Hutton like him because of the “eye test.” They cite the opinion of other baseball people, scouts, executives, coaches saying something akin to “Hechavarria is one of the best defensive shortstops out there/ the nerds don’t know what they’re talking about/ advanced metrics like defensive runs saved are stupid and should be discounted, because nerds.”
The old-school baseball people also cite a 50 point BABIP fueled by improvement in batting average as evidence that he vastly improved in 2014 while the peripherals and core numbers stayed almost exactly the same. Hechavarria the player is now immaterial, Hechavarria the symbol is now all that matters. In Marlins land/ the Marlins internet there is rarely an argument that doesn’t involve this barely replacement level player.
I have come to peace and accept that since Marlins management won’t do anything about it, Hechavarria to me is now a cypher, registering all zeroes whenever he is calculated, just begging to be replaced.
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