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There is little doubt that desperation is playing a role in the Boston Red Sox rebuild – or as team president and CEO Larry Lucchino would say “reloading” – this offseason. Just 13 months removed from a ridiculous run from worst to first and a stunning 3rd World Series title in the last decade in 2013, the Sox fortunes sank quickly in ‘14 and now general manager Ben Cherington finds himself searching for answers for a team that been in the basement 2 out of the last 3 years.
Even if you overlook Sandoval’s struggles with his weight and the fact that it is not always a wise investment to give a guy that doesn’t take great care of himself a boatload of cash – hello, Prince Fielder – there is that nagging trend of decreasing performance that has taken place over the last 3 seasons.
BB% is a sabermetric statistic that looks at a hitters ability to draw walks. As we all know, being able to draw walks is an important aspect of most good or better hitters. Anything over 15% is considered excellent and anything over 12.5% is considered great.
I simply used the sort function on FanGraphs.com and looked at hitters with 50 or more plate appearances in the last 30 days. Here are the Top 10 HR/FB hitters on that list: