Mike Carp is 6'2" 210# and blond.
Justin Smoak is 6'4" 230# and blondish.
You can't tell me that those two inches are the difference between the blogosphere loving Smoak and dismissing Carp.
Likewise, my adopt-a-player, Matt Mangini, is 6'4" 230# with light brown hair... He was even a high draft pick (#52 overall - supplemental first round pick)... yet despite another offensively good season, the blogosphere ignores him and the team just released him.
This has nothing to do with height, hair color or appearance.
The blogosphere loves Smoak partially because he's the new flavor of the month - the new hot prospect brought in to fix our woes. Anyone remember how much the blogosphere loved Carp the year after he was traded here? He was going to be our star 1B for years to come. Then the bloggers bored with him. They had a new toy to play with.
The sabremetric blogging crowd is also VERY picky. They only like players who fit a specific mold. Must swing for power. Must take a ton of walks. Must play spectacular defense. If your EYE ratio isn't good enough, you're garbage. Here's the story of six players. All hit for power (ISO around .150 or better). Most play average to below average defense.
- Liddi's EYE ratio in the minors is .35. He plays average defense. Garbage.
- Halman's EYE ratio in the minors is .20. He plays good to average defense. Garbage.
- Peguero's EYE ratio in the minors is .22. He plays comically bad defense. Garbage.
- Saunders' EYE ratio in the minors is .49. He plays good defense. Probably garbage, but might stick at a glove-first position for some other team.
- Carp's EYE ratio in the minors is .54. He plays average defense. AAAA filler at best.
- Smoak's EYE ratio in the minors is .91 and in the majors it's .55. He plays average defense. STAR!!!!
Smoak fits the SABR model of a good player. Thus he's the anointed star and the others are little more than punchlines.
Sometimes it takes giving a player an opportunity in order for those with a fixed view of what can/will work to see that the world is not black and white. A guy like Carp can sometimes take advantage of those opportunities, but they have to work a lot harder than the chosen ones.
In my opinion, Liddi deserves one of those opportunities. Hopefully, he gets a Sept call up and gets to play occasionally. But as long as Seager remains hot, he may not get much chance to prove himself.