The last thing the baseballblogosphere needs is another cleverly-named projection system for players. And that's exactly why we at Walkoff Walk decided to add our collective voice to the statistical noise: we're just a bunch of jerks. Introducing the first-ever player projection forecasting system that dispenses with the OBPs and the FIPs, instead deciding to group every single player by age and write something mildly interesting about them. We call it BONILLA, or Based On Nothing Interesting, Let's Look At Age.
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Today, in no particular order, we look at players born in 1977:
Grant Balfour, RP: Living up to his last name, Grant has thrown ball four 5 times for every nine innings in his career. Should regress to the mean along with the rest of the Rays pen in 09.
Carlos Beltran, CF: Probably the most underrated player in the New York metropolitan area, which really means that he's overrated in the grand scheme of things. Threw out his first baserunner as a toddler.
A.J. Burnett, SP: Famously tugged his left earlobe to the TV cameras after his first career no-hitter in 2001 which some mistook for a secret signal to his mom watching at home. Actually was his way of telling the concierge at the San Diego Ritz Carlton to stock his room with extra Milky Ways.
Buddy Carlyle, RP: Has proven without a shadow of a doubt that there are always odd jobs in the greater Atlanta area for folks named Buddy. Will spend most of spring training learning to play the vibraphone.
Shawn Chacon, SP: Not exactly employable since he choked out Astros GM Ed Wade last season but could make some dough selling "I Choked Ed Wade" t-shirts in South Philly.
Eric Chavez, 3B: Middle name is Cesar. Spent most of 2008 as a creampuff. Peaked at age 23. I cannot objectively talk about Eric Chavez, because I am Eric Chavez and Eric Chavez is me.
Ryan Dempster, SP: Will never really be a true Cub because he is Canadian. Has had a career that is more up-and-down than a bipolar teenager.
Justin Duchscherer, SP: One of three members of the 2008 Oakland A's born in South Dakota. Spent most of the year chatting with Keith Foulke and Mark Ellis about the best place to find the best chili dogs in Sioux Falls.
Chad Durbin, RP: Spends his offseason in Baton Rouge, LA where he stocks his three bathrooms with Charmin toilet paper, and not that Cottonelle garbage his in-laws prefer. Is really a good right handed reliever, no questions asked.
Adam Eaton, SP: The poster boy for bloated contracts of the mid-aughts, Eaton signed a three-year, $24 million contract in November 2006 despite amassing a 5.12 ERA in just 13 starts the prior year. Rewarded the Phillies by giving up 30 tater tots in 2007 and 'accidentally' running over the Phanatic's foot with his '89 Chevy Caprice.
Rafael Furcal, SS: Decided he likes Los Angeles better than returning to his roots in Atlanta, and can you blame him? Ever try getting a good dulce du leche in Marietta?
Roy Halladay, SP: Everybody's favorite pitcher because he's gritty, talented, and poses no real threat to your favorite team in the playoffs as a Blue Jay. Easily one of the top 25 pitchers of the past 25 years (i.e. the length of my baseball fandom) and will always be a member of my fantasy teams (if available).
Andruw Jones, CF: Will be paid about $4 million per year to not play for the Dodgers until at least 2014. Hey Ned Colletti, pay me $250,000 a year or I swear to God I will put on a cap and a glove and I will play the shit out of shortstop for your team next season. Likes plantains.
Mark Mulder, SP: 'Starting pitcher' is a bit of a misnomer as he's only started four games in the past two years for the Cardinals. Peaked at age 23 and is now a free agent. I smell a reclamation project, Billy Beane!
Will Ohman, RP: Was born in Frankfurt, Germany, presumably on an American military base of some sort. Still looking for work despite being a perfectly serviceable left-handed relief pitcher. Prefers a medium well hamburger with pickles, tomato and mustard.
Roy Oswalt, SP: Stuck inside of Houston with the Ed Wade Blues again. May have been one of the best, if not the best, NL pitcher from 2001 to 2006 and is now just living out the decline of his career on a terrible Astros team.
Lyle Overbay, 1B: Lyle, the effeminate heterosexual, got kicked out of Milwaukee when Prince Fielder broke into the big time and now makes hay in the Great White North of Toronto. He'll have another workmanlike year with 15 homers and 60 gutsy walks and a charming smile.
Juan Pierre, OF: Juan had an off year in 2008. Not that his production was down, he literally got a lot of time off from a decent Dodgers team who discovered they have Actual Productive Outfielders who don't cost $8 million a year. He's like Corey Patterson with money.
Nick Punto, SS: Slugged just .382 in 2008 which was actually a 100 point improvement over his miserable .271 rate in 2007. Let's just put it this way: Prince Fielder's left nut has greater isolated power than twenty Nick Puntos. But hey, only 8 errors in 60 games at shortstop!
Dennys Reyes, RP: The ultimate Mexican LOOGY, which in Spanish would be pronounced "YOU-ghee". Was once an alternate for a taping of "Jeopardy" but didn't make the show.
Brian Roberts, 2B: Has been the subject of so many trade rumours involving the Cubs that if the trade is ever consummated, my reaction will be a solid 'meh'. Lived with noted steroid users Larry Bigbie and David Segui in late 2001. Might collect 500 career doubles if he continues to play in Camden Yards.
Aaron Rowand, CF: Has broken more bones in eight seasons of major league baseball than Carter has liver pills, but that only makes him gutsy and gritty and willing to run face-first into the outfield wall to snag a fly ball. Raises labradoodles in the offseason.
Kip Wells, SP: Peaked as a Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher prior to profitable payments picked up post-Pirate profession. Pfft.
Jake Westbrook, SP: Kris Liakos' favorite pitcher, Jake will probably miss the entire 2009 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Despite having a new ligament transferred to his elbow, he'll continue to be a drag on society.
Dan Wheeler, RP: Returned to his original Rays team just in time to help them win the American League. Well, he had a 6.00 ERA in the postseason so perhaps I am using the term 'help' loosely. Still, saved 13 games after Troy Percival went down. Secretly enjoys NPR.
Kerry Wood, RP: Gives way too much credit to Thomas Jefferson for the whole Western Expansion thing when he knows deep down in his soul that James K. Polk made great strides getting land back from Mexico and securing the Oregon Territory. Will be bringing down the Indians organization from the inside.
Nate Robertson, SP: Demoted to the bullpen in August 2008 as part of manager Jim Leyland's mass reorganization plan that mimicked tossing deck chairs from the sinking Titanic. In that analogy, Gary Sheffield is the iceberg.
Orlando Hudson, 2B: Still a free agent, people! He's an above average hitter and (depending how you look at it) a decent fielder despite ending 2008 with an ouchie on his wrist. Has 2,500,000 frequent flier miles with Delta he doesn't know what to do with.
Travis Hafner, DH: Being the all-time leader for tater tots among MLBers born in North Dakota isn't going to put oatmeal on the family dining table when you're not getting it done at home plate. He's signed through 2011 so y'all Indians fans can sit back and enjoy.
Eric Hinske, Util: Has been run out of Toronto, Boston, and Tampa Bay in three consecutive seasons. Will probably sign with Baltimore this year and complete the AL East Yankee antagonist Yahtzee.
Fernando Rodney, RP: Picked up baseball in his native Dominican Republic after failing miserably as an underwear model. Allowed 30 walks in 40 innings last year.
Mark Ellis, 2B: Once hit for the cycle and was then rewarded by A's owner Lew Wolff with a custom gold-plated bicycle that he hocked for a $50 IHOP gift card. Now has an $11 million contract which will let him buy all the Rooty Tooty Fresh 'n' Fruity's he can eat.
Marcus Thames, LF: The only player in Major League history to hit a home run off Randy Johnson in his first career at-bat and then be traded for Ruben Sierra. Would probably be a DH if he hit better.
Ty Wigginton, 3B: Could form a decent infield with fellow free agents Orlando Hudson, Orlando Cabrera, and Nomar Garciaparra. They could go barnstorming through Wyoming as the Fightin' Free Agents and woo young ladies with their ardent fervor.
J.J. Putz, RP: Reportedly not very happy being a setup man for the Mets. Too much risk and very little reward. Well, except for the $5 million he'll make earning those sexy holds! Woo, holds!
George Sherrill, RP: Didn't earn his first major league save until age 29 at which point he decided it would be really cool to wear his cap with a flat brim. Sometimes rests his crab chowder on the brim.
Scott Proctor, RP: Will be relieving for the Marlins in 2009. When told of this news, his right arm reportedly did a happy jig and expressed its pleasure at finally being separated from Evil Joe Torre. Should be perfectly serviceable.
Kosuke Fukudome, RF: Fell out of favor with manager Lou Piniella, teammates, Cubs fans, announcers, team officials, peanut vendors, local pizzamakers, and pigeons when his .455 OBP at the end of April dropped to .359 at season's end. Will probably win back everyone but the pigeons with a solid 2009. PIGEONS NEVER FORGET.