Re: They Were Reds: A Tribute
Originally Posted by OldRightHander
It's funny how we can malign marginal players while every one of them has managed to do something the rest of us weren't good enough to do, and that's actually play in the Major Leagues. That really shows how much of a talent gap there is between anyone on a MLB roster and the rest of the population.
I don't think we're maligning the players so much as the decision makers who brought them onto the roster.
That said, I find it more interesting that there are SO many marginal players, and the gap between them and players who carve out decent careers has to be incredibly small. I wonder what it is that elevates one player just that tiny little bit over another.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.