Re: Art of clutch hitting: Or wait, I think that dead horse just moved
Clutch hitting exists.
Clutch anything exists. pitching, pizza making, coloring in the lines.
Clutch hitters? dunno about that. Because the definition is so varied is one reason to say clutch hitters do not exist. But even if they do, what if that clutch hitter is facing a clutch pitcher? So the skillset is even harder to quantify. I do believe that the skillset exists though. Here is why.
I used to be a television director. Every night, Monday through Friday I directed the 6:00 and 10:00 newscasts. These got to be pretty routine. In the fall, we did a Friday night football show. The pace was frantic. scripts came back during the open, tapes would come in in the intro to that particular tape. During this show, my crew really shined. Election shows were the same way. High pressure, high performance.
What makes baseball different is that your direct opponent, in this case the pitcher, can also be feeling the moment and stepping up his game.
It may be we cannot track clutch hitting because it would also require tracking clutch pitching. Plus you have to take into account that at any given moment, any player can deliver in the clutch.
Whatever clutch actually is.
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