Originally Posted by Kc61
Chris Heisey has a lifetime 23.8% strikeout rate. Whatever his approach is, he doesn't make contact often enough. And his BB rate is low, so he doesn't compensate that way.
And the point of the Verducci piece is that in the CURRENT environment, which he calls an age of strikeouts, starters and relievers are missing bats, and so contact has become a premium skill. As has hitting to all fields. So older examples from several years ago are less pertinent.
I have had some back and forth with you on hitters like Heisey.....and I know he is frustrating but he is not going to be a pitch tasking fool anytime soon. He is a poor man's Jeff Franceour basically.
I do agree and I had run ins with SteelSD about SO back in 2004-05...... and how Dunn and Griffey could K all they wanted when they can produce like they do... but players like Jason LaRue or Stubbs....with their OK power really, I mean Stubbs can hit what maybe 20 homers a year?? and for that i should be OK with his K's when he wastes a better tool in his speed. If this was Mark Reynolds I would understand but this is Stubbs... a guy who would be a great leadoff hitter like Baker wants....but it is impossible for him to do so beacuse he would rather not choke up with 2 strikes.....and try and make contact which would give a guy with his speed a better chance to get on base. All beacuse of his power?