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Four years of Swisher: Where he ranked among Yankees run producers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Nick Swisher officially joined the Indians yesterday, officially ending his four-year run with the Yankees. During his time in the Bronx, Swisher was one of the Yankees five primary run producers. Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada and Raul Ibanez were middle-of-the-order bats at various points during Swisher’s tenure, but for the most part, Swisher was in the middle with Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.

How did Swisher compare to the other four? Somewhere in the middle generally. He got on base better than the rest, but also struck out more than most. It surprised me to see just how similar the ’09-’12 slash lines are for Swisher (.268/.367/.483) and Rodriguez (.276/.364/.483). Of course, the difference comes in the way their production is trending.

These are the stats from 2009 through 2012 (Granderson’s include his final year with Detroit). I including each player’s range of OPS+ to try to account for consistency during this time. It’s interesting that Swisher’s best year wasn’t nearly as good as the other guys’ peaks, but his worst year was better than everyone’s but Cano.

GAMES
Robinson Cano — 641
Curtis Granderson — 612
Nick Swisher — 598
Mark Teixeira — 593
Alex Rodriguez — 482

HOME RUNS
Curtis Granderson — 138
Mark Teixeira — 135
Robinson Cano — 115
Nick Swisher — 105
Alex Rodriguez — 94

RBI
Mark Teixeira — 425
Robinson Cano — 406
Curtis Granderson — 363
Nick Swisher — 349
Alex Rodriguez — 344

BATTING AVERAGE
Robinson Cano — .314
Alex Rodriguez — .276
Nick Swisher — .268
Mark Teixeira — .263
Curtis Granderson — .247

ON-BASE PERCENTAGE
Nick Swisher — .367
Robinson Cano — .365
Alex Rodriguez — .364
Mark Teixeira — .357
Curtis Granderson — .334

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
Robinson Cano — .534
Mark Teixeira — .506
Curtis Granderson — .492
Alex Rodriguez — .483
Nick Swisher — .483

STRIKEOUTS
Curtis Granderson — 621
Nick Swisher — 531
Mark Teixeira — 429
Alex Rodriguez — 391
Robinson Cano — 332

OPS
Robinson Cano — .899
Mark Teixeira — .863
Nick Swisher — .850
Alex Rodriguez — .848
Curtis Granderson — .826

OPS+ range (highest and lowest of these four seasons)
Robinson Cano — 149 to 121
Curtis Granderson — 142 to 102
Mark Teixeira — 141 to 116
Alex Rodriguez — 138 to 112
Nick Swisher — 129 to 120

We could look at the OPS+ range a different way…

During these four seasons, how many times did each player have an OPS+ of 122 or higher?
Cano (3), Swisher (3), Teixiera (2), Rodriguez (2), Granderson (1)

How many times did each player have an OPS+ of 125 or higher?
Cano (3), Swisher (2), Teixeira (1), Rodriguez (1), Granderson (1)

Those are totally arbitrary numbers pulled strictly to make a point, but I think the point matters. The Yankees absolutely have hitters who can be and have been more productive than Swisher, but in the regular season, Swisher was reliable and durable and that might be the thing the Yankees miss the most in his absence.

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56 Responses to “Four years of Swisher: Where he ranked among Yankees run producers”

  1. willwill January 4th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Who runs the yankee twitter applet or w/e it is on the side of the screen? Can we please take swisher off it now? We’ve been tired of him for 6 months now

  2. RMS January 4th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Key comment, regular season. Post season, a big bust.

  3. blake January 4th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    blake says:
    January 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm
    “But what about Hotlanta??”

    If they won’t trade Simmons they have a harder time….it’s have to be around Teheran and then add more

  4. blake January 4th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Regular season games count

  5. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    blake January 4th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I think the Yanks should keep Cashman and make him the President of baseball ops….and then get a GM with experience operating on a budget and developing pitching….. Then get a new owner
    ======================================
    totally agree. kick him upstairs and bring in someone from outside the organization to be gm. they need some new blood in the FO.

  6. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    If they won’t trade Simmons they have a harder time….it’s have to be around Teheran and then add more

    *******

    But DBacks do not appear to be after SS as much – might be best package available or pitching – - – -

  7. blake January 4th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    “But DBacks do not appear to be after SS as much – might be best package available or pitching – – – -”

    Might be….in that case the Braves and Seattle match up well assuming Upton would go to Seattle…..I guess the Pirates too but Upton makes a lot of money for them and I have my doubts as to whether they’d give a big prospect package plus pay his salary

  8. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Swisher and that smilin’ ingin’ – I do feel sorry for Cleveland, and do wish they had kept the hapless Braves streak intack.

    Afterall, Donna Halper ( D.J. ) there, helped get Rush bloated in ur land.

  9. blake January 4th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Trading their top prospects for 3 years of Upton seems counter productive for the Pirates to me

  10. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    But sometimes teams are closer to competing than you/we think, blake.

  11. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Ys, its good you have basketball as an outlet; I don’t even care Canada lost 5 – 1 to your gifted squad at the juniors.

  12. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Nick, Steve McQueen sucks as a driver, youtube Gilles Villeneuve!

  13. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    He’s fine as an actor who looks like he’s driving on the silver screen, however.

  14. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Blake, like AbbA, takke a chance on Upton :)

  15. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Steve McQueen made everyone on the set of Bullett insist he did all his own driving.

  16. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Blake, like AbbA, takke a chance on Upton

    ******

    But what if Upton becomes your Waterloo – - – -

  17. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Note that classic British clothier Barbour has a Steve McQueen collection but not a Herve Villechaize collection:

    http://www.barbour.com/us/coll.....n%E2%84%A2

  18. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Stone, unashamedly, I like Waterloo – great band live, and they belong in the Hall. – gotta’ see what Nick just sent.

  19. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:42 pm
    Stone, unashamedly, I like Waterloo – great band live, and they belong in the Hall.

    ****

    Then I salute – like a Super Trouper – that light is going find you — eerrr blind you – - -

  20. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Nick, I like the goggles and the water bottle….

  21. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    as a lapsed hockey fan, i thought i’d be happy if they stayed out on strike b/c there would be more ‘space’ to cover other stuff.

    instead, it turns out the strike just give the media more time to focus on rex ryan!

    bring back the NHL!

  22. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Blinded by the light, revved up like a douche, another runner in the night.

  23. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Ys, the NHL needs death warmed over.

  24. Bo knows January 4th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    If it aint Burberry, ergo no spies in trenchcoats, the world is a sadder place and my antique is just a funny coat and not all kinds of cool.

  25. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    The world of British outerwear clothing is big enough for both Barbour and Burberry, and maybe even more beyond that.

  26. Bo knows January 4th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Flash the plaid and all the wannabes wither. Upper caste – Sniff.

  27. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    “They seek him here, they seek him there,
    His clothes are loud, but never square.
    It will make or break him so he’s got to buy the best,
    Cause he’s a dedicated follower of fashion.

    And when he does his little rounds,
    Round the boutiques of london town,
    Eagerly pursuing all the latest fads and trends,
    Cause he’s a dedicated follower of fashion.

    Oh yes he is (oh yes he is), oh yes he is (oh yes he is).
    He thinks he is a flower to be looked at,
    And when he pulls his frilly nylon panties right up tight,
    He feels a dedicated follower of fashion.”

  28. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    blake January 4th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I’d like for Cano to protect Justin Upton
    ————————

    Yeah? Who are you getting from Arizona for Cano ;-)

  29. Bo knows January 4th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    The world of British outerwear clothing is big enough for both Barbour and Burberry, and maybe even more beyond that.
    —————-
    Hah, I say with an upper case Hah.

    London Fog and the plebes.

  30. blake January 4th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    January 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm
    But sometimes teams are closer to competing than you/we think, blake.

    Even if the pirates could compete over the next 3 years…..they’d still be trading multiple cost controlled players for a guy that makes 15 million per in 2014 and 2015 and who they can’t sign beyond that…..doesn’t seem wise for them

  31. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Ys, Bo, you guys are weird poets :) – U2 Nick!

  32. Bo knows January 4th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    After shedding quite a lot in the way of financial commitments last season — largely due to a giant, giant trade that saw Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez all go to the Dodgers — the Boston Red Sox, owing to their offseason spending, will enter 2013 with roughly the same payroll (around $176 million) as they did the 2012 one, finds the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham.

    ————————–
    Now there’s something to leave you smiling.

  33. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Maybe not, blake, and probably not at that. But you/we have been wrong before about moves a team makes to compete and improve its position. Maybe those wacky Pirates got drunk off of almost finishing above .500 and being in the mix for a while and now they want to go for it. Oh wait, they already snagged Russ, so they’re already going for it.

  34. Bo knows January 4th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Burberry trenchcoat – je ne se qua

  35. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    And Bo knows, you should know better than to lump Barbour (three Royal warrants) in with London Fog.

    Burberry is lovely, but heavily knocked off.

  36. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    The Yankees still have to replace Eric Chavez. I assume they’re not going to look at Adams, Mustellier or CoJo for that so I would like to see the Yankees sign Kelly Johnson. LHB with some power, can play multiple spots, 2b, LF, RF, 3b, 1b.

  37. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Man,…Swisher has been all over it

  38. The Return of Stoneburner January 4th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    The Dodgers are moving towards a one-year contract with J.P. Howell, reports Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times (on Twitter). The deal has not been finalized, however. The left-hander is a Legacy Sports Group client.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#1S6mifBydHmyufQ0.99

    *******

    The Nationals might now look for a lefty via the trade route given their no.1 choice is off the board – - – -go now for Morse Yankees high command – attack at once- – - – -

  39. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Stoneburner -

    Agreed. As soon as they ink LaRoche work a deal sending them Boone Logan and a prospect for Mike Morse.

  40. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Nick, I don’t fully recognize what you are talking about :)

  41. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Never having to hear he world Boonie again works for me.

  42. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Mr. Mills, I’m not always completely sure what I’m talking about either, but are you referring to my discussion with blake or with Bo knows?

  43. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Sign Kelly Johnson
    Deal Logan, Cervelli and a prospect to the Nats for Morse and Kurt Suzuki
    Deal Granderson to the Rangers for David Murphy, Gentry and a prospect
    Sign Diaz – the Cuban SS

    Lineup:
    Ichiro
    Jeter
    Cano
    Tex
    Morse – DH
    Youk
    Murphy – LF
    Suzuki
    Gardner – CF

    Bench: Johnson, Stewart, Nunez, Gentry

    Rotation:
    CC
    Kuroda
    Hughes
    Andy
    Nova

    Pen
    LHP: Cabral, Rapada
    RHP: Rivera, Phelps, Robertson, Aardsma, Joba

  44. Rich in NJ January 4th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Man, I can’t type for $#!t

  45. yankee21 January 4th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Swisher was a productive hitter who helped them get into the PS for (4) years, can’t complain about him too much. He was not the overall player Oniell was or the hitter Abreau was but he did his job a hell of a lot better for what they paid him than what Tex has done for what they are paying him. So good luck and thanks for the memories Nick!

    NYY screwed up big time though by allowing him to walk for only a draft choice.

    The same scenario will play out likely with Grandy and Hughes next year.

    Cashman does not have the ability nor does he have the people apparently in place for him to help him make proactive moves and think ahead. As the poster has said he is myopic and incapable of multi-tasking. Pretty poor skill set for a GM.

  46. yankee21 January 4th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I think Canzler is a good pick up with some upside. However, I question the decision of letting Dickerson go given the age of the roster and the likelihood Ichiro could miss time and Gardner will miss time. Couldn’t there have been a better choice to let go of someone off the 40 man?

  47. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    yankee21 January 4th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I think Canzler is a good pick up with some upside. However, I question the decision of letting Dickerson go given the age of the roster and the likelihood Ichiro could miss time and Gardner will miss time. Couldn’t there have been a better choice to let go of someone off the 40 man?
    ——————

    Dropping Dickerson makes sense given the makeup of the rest of the roster.

    The starting OF is all left handed so Dickerson wasn’t going to be on the 25 man as a 4th OF. At AAA the Yankees will likely have Melky Mesa, Abe Almonte, Zolio Almonte, as the starting OF with Mustellier at DH so there wasn’t really any place for him to play there either.

  48. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Nick, either one.

  49. jmills January 4th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Rich, don’t worry about it.

  50. blake January 4th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    “Maybe not, blake, and probably not at that. But you/we have been wrong before about moves a team makes to compete and improve its position”

    Just an opinion….

  51. Ys Guy January 4th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    ichiro has missed 19 games the last 9 seasons combined.

  52. yankee21 January 4th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Chip; With NYY demonstrated reluctance to trust/use their young players and the likelihood Gardner will get hurt and the inevitable age decline of Ichiro I would have held onto Dickerson as a buffer to mitigate against those risks.

    However if Cashman will now have the b***s to actually use their minor league players at the big league level then letting Dickerson go is the right move in favor of one of the Almonte’s or Mesa next year.

    Mustellier appears to be too much of a pure hitter for Yankee tastes. At some point NYY will let him go for nothing too, it is inevitable IMO

  53. yankee21 January 4th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    ichiro has missed 19 games the last 9 seasons combined….

    Ichiro is durable no doubt and is about as well-prepared an athlete can be. That said he is 38.

  54. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Of course, but sometimes our opinions are shown to be wrong, or at least shown to not look as good later as they looked when we made them.

    Anyway, are the Pirates rumored to be in on Upton? I think you just don’t like other teams getting your players. ;)

  55. Nick in SF January 4th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    British outerwear fans (not London Fog) please follow: :arrow:

  56. Chip January 4th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Mustellier doesn’t really field all that well, but I think this spring he’ll be given a chance to compete with Diaz and Canzler for the Andruw Jones role.

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