Meaningless Case Study: Baseball-Reference has glaring weight mistakes
Baseball-Reference.com is the greatest thing in the world if you're a baseball fan. You can look up any stat from any year, compare the outputs of Mike Trout and Mickey Mantle, Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax.
That site is the know-all source for anything involving history and numbers. But if you actually dig into some research, you'll find it may have some issues and mistakes with weights.
Some fans suggested perhaps the site takes the weight of the player's rookie year and never bothers to change it. But after even more research, we quickly debunked that theory.
Let's begin our investigation.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, please see Exhibit A: Bartolo Colon, the loveable, ageless flamethrower who is known for his consistency on the mound over two decades and his massive waistline.
I'd say 285 is about right. Even if that is beach-bod weight and he usually comes in around 300-310 during the holidays, it's close enough. Now take a look at his rookie picture.
Now there's a fit young man.
Let's try another. Ladies and gentlemen, please see Exhibit B: Bobby Jenks, who was definitely around 275 -- especially toward the end of his career.
This is convincing enough evidence to prove Baseball-Reference does not simply list a player's rookie weight and leave it at that forever.
Now, without further ado, here are some of the most comical weight mistakes on the greatest website in the world (aside from AOL.com):
(but not about weights)
Stop. Not interested in opening up a 'Let's point out all the alleged steroid users and complain about how their alleged use made them bigger' witch-hunt argument. That discussion is like 'The Sopranos'. It's over. Let it go.
This is about how funny a simple three-digit number can look next to someone you know very well.
Anyway, I was 165 before I discovered beer in college. And I didn't look like this:
OK. Moving onto guys who were known for their beer guts. First up, David 'Boomer' Wells. This guy was the man -- beloved by his teams, was a big-game pitcher for a long time and most notably, was NOT 187 pounds at any point.
Next up, Sir Sidney, the Dutch Dominator. B-R says 220; I don't know. Maybe add his jersey No. 43 to that number and the sum would be accurate.
Remember Bob Wickman? We sure do, but not at 207.
Here are some others that will make you scratch your head in confusion: