Re: Player Development Philosophy
Aggressive, intelligent base running can lead to additional runs at very little additional financial or talent costs. Furthermore, it can be taught and isn't as talent dependent as most other offensive abilities; it is not merely a function of speed, but of good situational awareness and decision making.
However, mistakes on the base paths can torpedo an offense. Worse than merely making an out at the plate which would have happened anyway based on that player's existing skills, they create additional outs pulling down the value of the player. The run value of a player on base is much greater than a player at the plate and thus outs are that much more costly.
Lastly, the instructional time spent on base-running might not have as large as an impact of other things and, as shown above, might lead to fewer runs rather than more if not implemented properly.
(BTW, love the thread concept TC)
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Last edited by RedsManRick; 10-26-2007 at 06:58 PM.