Two things about Taveras. First, his rookie season, listed below, was viewed as somewhat of a disappointment. The column OPS+ measures his on base plus slugging relative to the league average, adjusted for his home park. His score of 65 means that he was 35% worse than the league average, which of course isn't very good. But his manager, Mike Matheny, seemed unwilling to commit to him. Taveras was called up at the end of May and started nine games in June, 15 in July, 24 in August, and 12 in September. The Cardinals were 36-25 in his starts, a .590 winning percentage, compared to .534 in games he didn't start. His minor league statistics--.320/.376/.516 slash line in 436 games spread over six seasons, including .313/.358/.485 at AAA Memphis--portended a strong, middle-of-the-order bat.