Originally Posted by Lewdog
Because it's a competition, how can you expect to beat the other guy if you don't know what their strength's and weaknesses are? Pitchers study hit charts of the opposing team all the time. They no what to expect in certain situations, they know what pitches to throw to guys to hopefully get them to hit a ball to a certain spot, they know strategy...you make them sound like a pitching machine on the mound with all circuits and wires and no brain. These guys that get to be color guys after their career usually get there because they have more knowledge about the game than the average player.
How can I expect to beat them? By being more talented.
The guys that get announcing jobs are the ones who can formulate a sentence. The guys who are really good at baseball knowledge wind up working in front offices, not working for Fox Sports or ESPN.
If Welsh and Brantley want to tell me about pitching, I will listen. But when they start talking about hitting, I tend to tune out. Joe Morgan was one of, if not the best hitter to ever put on a Reds uniform. He doesn't seem to understand why he was such a great hitter though. He doesn't understand the value of the walk (something he excelled at doing as a hitter). Just because you are good at doing something doesn't mean you understand why you were good at it or have a clue as to the strategy behind something. It means you were good at executing it.