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 Post subject: Biertempfl must listen to Baseball Tonight Podcast
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 11:42 am 
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Olney and Stark had a quite lengthy discussion on this identical issue last week in one of the ESPN Baseball Tonight podcasts. Looks like Rob pulled much of his data from the podcast and it is strikingly similar to Olney and Stark's commentary.

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 Post subject: Re: Biertempfl must listen to Baseball Tonight Podcast
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It's interesting, and I don't disagree with it at all. But I'd still value a guy who hits 30 HR's and K's 80-90 times over a guy who hits 40 HR's and K's 160+ times. If the general point is that people give too much gripe over K's, I would agree. It's just one stat, there's much more to consider. It's why I always try to not go nuts over Pedro's struggles, he can still be a very productive hitter for us while K'ing a lot.


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 Post subject: Re: Biertempfl must listen to Baseball Tonight Podcast
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Leway512 wrote:
It's interesting, and I don't disagree with it at all. But I'd still value a guy who hits 30 HR's and K's 80-90 times over a guy who hits 40 HR's and K's 160+ times. If the general point is that people give too much gripe over K's, I would agree. It's just one stat, there's much more to consider. It's why I always try to not go nuts over Pedro's struggles, he can still be a very productive hitter for us while K'ing a lot.


But, but batting average and strikeouts are all that matter, we've known that for 100 years! :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Biertempfl must listen to Baseball Tonight Podcast
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I don't think batting average is useless. It's just not as important as made out to be. But the best guys in the game generally hit over .300 career-wise. Different players, different roles. I just think it took baseball a while to understand that there's roles in the game, and just because someone doesn't hit over .300 (or even over .260) doesn't mean they're bad by any means.

Simply put, offense is offense. Hitting .300 is only one aspect of an offensive player's game.


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