Every so often, in this space, we’ll share the interesting tidbits we dig up on some of the baseball analysts we work with here. Hopefully it will give you the chance to get to know them a little better.
We’re guessing that new Baseball Tonight analyst Aaron Boone has already been peppered with 100 questions related to his walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS since stepping into the Bristol campus.
But there’s more to know about that moment than just that his home run won the pennant. Here are five of a statistical nature that we found interesting, via help from Baseball-Reference.com:
Speaking of walk-offs- Boone was a member of the 1999 Reds team, which he says invented the celebratory home plate “bunny hop” that follows a walk-off home run. Boone didn’t bunny-hop that season, but if you include his Game 7 home run, he had seven career walk-off home runs. His brother Bret, father Bob, and grandfather Ray, combined for just six.
Tim Wakefield gave him trouble- Boone was just 1-for-10 against Wakefield, combining his regular season and postseason numbers, and finished 3-for-17 against the Red Sox knuckleballer. After hitting the home run, Wakefield got him out five times in a row, before Boone doubled in the last matchup between them.
He was the right man at the plate- You may have heard this referenced on Baseball Tonight during “Stat Week.” We played with the numbers a little bit to indicate that Boone was the third-most clutch Yankee during his stretch with the team, behind Jason Giambi and Derek Jeter. What this really meant? His clutch rating, as calculated via his Win Probability Added numbers, showed that he performed slightly better in big spots than ordinary ones.
Extra Innings Was His Specialty- Some players may have gotten tired at the end of games, but not Boone. He hit .319 with a .440 on-base percentage and six home runs in 69 extra-inning at-bats.
He’s the only one- Of the 39 players to hit a postseason walk-off home run, Boone is the only one to work as an analyst on Baseball Tonight. And thus he can give you a perspective that the likes of Nomar Garciaparra, John Kruk, Chris Singleton, and our other analysts cannot.