Re: The Color of Clutch
I find clutch to be kind of a stupid idea because the majority of clutch is based on the situation a player finds himself in. I mean, if there are no runners to drive in how can you be clutch? Everyone talks about the game winning hit, but what about the plays prior to that that make the game winning hit possible.
Consider this, two outs, no one on base, down 1 run in the bottom of the ninth. The next player up hits a double. The following player gets beaned on an 0-2 pitch and then there is a double steal and now there are guys on second and third. The fifth batter in the inning singles and both runners score. Who is the most clutch in this situation?
Conventional wisdom tells us that the last player is the most clutch, but he would not have been clutch without the two runners on base. And the last player had a less impressive hit as the first player to get a hit smoked a double. So is the last player really the most clutch?
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