Talk:Dale Alexander

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NPOV Tag[edit]

I fail to see how this article is in any way POV. His statistics show that he was one of the best hitters in baseball in 1929 and 1932, which means that he was one of the greatest hitters in those two years, and thus for a short time. His minor league numbers also show that he was capable of hitting at a high level. The fact that he was a terrible fielder and this ended his major league career is corroborated in the interview excerpt included in the article. I am removing the tag. Indrian 19:56, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

"Alexander was one of the best hitters in baseball for a short time but was such a terrible fielder that he could not stick in the big leagues" According to the article, gangrene and almost losing his leg ended his career, not his supposed terrible fielding. Just because some guy says he couldn't field doesn't make it fact. It's definitely NPOV. I'm putting the tag back in. Crazydiamond1to9 06:37, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

  • Actually, if you read the interview, Alexander himself said he could not field, and he is not the only one. Furthermore, he continued to hit well in the minors after his demotion, so the leg injury certainly did not curtail his offensive production. I have changed the line you quoted to include mention of the injury, but his lack of fielding ability, which the injury made worse, was his major problem. The NPOV tag is silly. Indrian 07:13, 20 June 2007 (UTC)
The player had two excellent years and won a batting title in a third, though his other numbers fell way off in the latter two seasons of his ML career-the same description could well be used of others who have had a good 2-3 year run. Doesn't make it right, though, to indulge in what you termed 'puffery'. As you noted yourself in 2005, it was only for a short time, thus this is rather subjective, really. Hushpuckena (talk) 22:07, 21 July 2012 (UTC)
I don't see anyone "indulging in puffery" around here. Puffery would be to include pure opinion or subjective material that is not supported by objective fact. His hitting capability (not to be confused with overall offensive capability) is well-documented by objective measure. Alexander is an interesting case of a really-good-hit really-can't-field player who had an explosive start to his career but could not hang on after an injury slowed him down too much despite a still-impressive batting ability, though of course his stats must be taken in the context of the 1930s when offense was high compared to many other eras of baseball. The lead as it stands summarizes this trajectory and establishes the notability of the subject, which is exactly what WP:LEAD calls for such a section to do. The article itself then provides the detail. Anyway, I have gone ahead and altered the sentence slightly to make it more clear that this material exists solely to summarize his career, rather than try to elevate his profile beyond what his accomplishments deserve. Indrian (talk) 22:15, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

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