a reader comment set me thinking about the rightfield situation for this year. burnitz's nice start has opened a window for the optimists, even going so far as deriding sosa -- ostensibly as a submission to the corporate propaganda line.
but i am not an optimist. i remember sammy wistfully. without him and alou, i fear for the cub outfield generally and for burnitz particularly. never again do i want to live through a tawd hundley. and yet, here we are.
so here's a running comparison. i'll try to link back to it now and again this season. if both stay healthy -- always the caveat -- it will be interesting to judge the degree of loss (or gain, if you're an optimist) that burnie will yield for the cubs.
as of today:
burnitz -- 32 AB, 7 R, 10 H, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K, .313 BAA, .333 OBP, .563 SLG
sammy -- 29 AB, 2 R, 7 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, .241 BAA, .313 OBP, .448 SLG