Originally Posted by blandman
OPS is an analysis figure, not a counting stat. Don't knock it like I based it on something silly like saying his homers went down. It's an analysis of power and ability to get on base, and it's the number one projection analytic when it comes to hitters. When you talk about hitters regressing, OPS is what you look at.
Konerko's OPS did regress from the career high that he set in 2010, to call it a regression though is misusing the phrase "regression," because it ignores the fact that in 2011 his OPS was still higher than his OPS in 2009, 2008, and 2007; it was also the fourth highest OPS of his career and only three points behind his OPS in 2005. This claim of regression also discounts the fact that prior to having his wrist surgery in 2012 Konerko posted an OPS of .932 in the first half. The regression for Paul Konerko began when he had that wrist "procedure" in early June of last year. Prior to then he was putting up an OPS of .900 which would be .50 points higher than his career OPS. You are also neglecting to mention that Konerko's batting average in 2010, 2011 and 2012 were some of the highest averages he has posted.