Originally Posted by Ltlabner
Even when it manifests itself as running hard and scrappyness?
Yea, didn't think so.
Look, all I am saying is that in the rush to be clever and point out that on-field hustle doesn't always mean tallent or skill, that ocassionally the impression is given that actual hard work is not appreciated.
It also means that fans that mean well, but identify with visable signs of hustle can also overlook the actual "behind-the-sceens" hard work (which is usually far more valuable).
Hard work and hustle are always appreciated. Always. The problem is that most- if not all- fans have no earthy clue how hard a player works. Likewise, most folks have no idea how to properly identify "hustle" given the various body types for baseball players. In the end, it's perception and perception is far too often not reality.
Baseball is a game involving more randomness than most fans are willing to admit. Yet, the average fan ties "result" to "effort" consistently. If the result is less than what we want, we first assume it's due to a lack of effort and then look for visual clues demonstrating a lack of effort. It's backwards analysis and it's just flat out wrong. For example, Norris Hopper hustles. He plays hard. But Hopper doesn't produce. Yet, unfortunately, too many folks (Marty Brennaman included) think that his effort level is somehow relevant. It's not, but that's the antiquated thought process for such a player.
If you see a denigration of "scrappy", it's generally because the person writing the post is sick and tired of hearing that effort is somehow a substitute for actual performance.