Re: Jay Bruce looks like he has become a professional hitter overnight!!!!!!!
I also share the sentiments that there probably is some sort of 'clutch' that exists out there. I've argued many times on this site that I believe there are people that handle pressure better in all walks of life than others. They're not always the same people that are simply better than their jobs than others. So I do think clutch is out there.
The problem here is that a) it's hard to define with any consistency/agreement and b) there's no evidence that it really is applicable to these players because of (a). And as Hoosier pointed out, the issue for me is not even whether Jay Bruce is a good baseball player (he is) or whether clutch is important (it is, although again, I will argue that a run is a run regardless of when it's being scored). But when someone basically frames it as OPS isn't important, and someone is a great clutch hitter because of 10 homers over several years, and that anyone that disagrees with these two points "hates" said player, well there is a lot to take issue with there.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda