“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I won't attack anyone upthread or even strongly disagree as I will usually on other topics.
Here, I'll just offer a simple point.
I'm quite certain that, in life as much in baseball, effort matters. It's a critically important and often variably present thing. Just like chemistry. On a baseball team, it's as important at the player level as it is for the team in aggregate.
Reds & Nats, 2013 LCS. Take2 (9/13) Reds but no Nats
As for his BABIP, it was probably because he was a switch hitter who used the entire field, not because he ran super duper hard to first base. I am sure he had some infield hits, but it wasn't carrying his BABIP.
I didn't say that. But even the fastest guys in baseball hit .150 on balls to infielders. Devin Mesoraco runs harder than anyone on the team. But he isn't fast. He hit .094 on balls on the infield. He reached on a throwing error once. Brandon Phillips hardly ever runs hard to first base. He hit .050 on balls to the infield, but he reached on errors 6 times.
Running hard isn't the reason guys are making errors with the exception of guys with plus speed.
Running hard may result in an extra 1-3 hits per season. I don't think 1-3 singles a year is worth getting bent out of shape over.
I absolutely beg to differ that errors aren't the result of someone running hard to first base. They aren't always, but sometimes they are.
"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
Again, no one on this team runs harder to first than Mesoraco. He reached base on one error this year by an infielder. Brandon Phillips hardly ever runs to first base. He reached on an error to an infielder six times. I just don't buy that in 90% of the cases it matters and in the 10% that it does, it is because there is a plus runner that is running and it actually warrants rushing the play.
So hustling is overrated, really not necessary, might get you on base a few extra times and maybe a couple extra wins a season. Big fricken deal... right?
Your wrong Doug, and deep down you know it. But are you man enough to admit it?
I wonder if anyone in the reds orginization will even read this? Very accurate and true assessment. Kinda sad if you think abou it... Last year with the, well, you know what happened and they are still not hungry? What else besides not getting to playoffs in ages will make you play with more heart and energy? Is this an indication of senior management (walt, owner, etc) or is this a player character issue?