This is a project I'm starting to see how Cardinal Nation views the players and other figures in Cardinal Red. Here's the relevant part from my blog entry today:
Today I'm kicking off a project and I hope that all of you will help me with it. I was listening to ESPN Radio a couple of days ago and the host was talking about "approval ratings" for players. How he gave a certain basketball player a 90% because of what he did on the court but that certain tendencies (like flopping or acting) drug it down a little bit.
I want to take that concept into Cardinal Nation. What is your approval rating on certain Cardinals? There are two things to take into account when you are coming up with your number. Weight them however you want, of course. There's nothing objective about this exercise.
The first part is, of course, their play on the field. I imagine most of you would give Albert Pujols a 95 or higher on that part of his rating. Maybe his baserunning drives it down from 100 for you, though, or maybe he pops up too much for your taste.
The second part is your impression of them off the field. Some of you may have had contact with them and that influences your rating. Perhaps you ran into Pujols on a surly day, so you'd give him a 50 on his personal aspect of the rating because that's always lingered with you and shaded how you look at him.
Put them together and maybe AP gets an 85 in your book.
I want to start today with Tony LaRussa. Maybe you think he's a good manager but you hate the sunglasses. Maybe you think he couldn't manage his way out of a paper bag but you give him points for ARF.
Come up with your percentage from 0% to 100%, however you want to do it, and post it here. I'll average the answers from here, my blog, and CardsClubhouse and report back with the first Cardinal Nation Approval Rating tomorrow.