Rounding third and heading for home...
“He’s an exciting player,” Williams said. “People come to pay money and watch him play, and watch him play the way he can play. And it’s pretty exciting. It’s pretty dynamic. But there’s another side to it. The other side is, regardless of how the ball comes off the bat or regardless of how he’s feeling about an at-bat, he must maintain that intensity and that aggressiveness. And that means running all the way to first base and touching the base.
“There’s a million reasons why. The transfer rules that we’ve seen lately. What if that guy bobbles the ball as he’s throwing it around? If he doesn’t touch the base, he’s out. If he’s in the dugout, he’s automatically out. Beyond the all the just-run-90-feet stuff, there’s a real, tangible rule behind it now. So we must do that. And he understands that.”
"You're getting paid, show up on time" is the office version of "you're getting paid, run down the line." Seems simple to me really and I support Williams in this one.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Bryce Harper is not getting paid to run down the line. Bryce Harper is getting paid to get hits and play defense. You can run down the line just fine. Most Americans can. But they don't pay for that because we can all do that. They pay for being able to hit the baseball against the best pitchers in the world. And to play defense well enough when the other best hitters in the world are at the plate.
Isn't this one of the things that many criticized Dusty for - and perhaps ultimately why he was let go - not holding players accountable? Wasn't it one of things that many lauded Price for - accountability? Matt Williams laid down the law in spring training - Harper violated that law - and Williams was holding him accountable. First-time manager making a statement - everyone on that team will take him seriously. Perhaps, a bit extreme, but it appears that Harper has taken the "reprimand" for what it is.
...or at least I guarantee that's what Matt Williams would say. Whether that's right or wrong I don't know, but don't make it out like this is only about running to first with no larger implication.
Last edited by kpresidente; 04-20-2014 at 11:59 PM.
Douglas! You didn't address the point at all!
What was the point? That Matt Williams wants his guys busting their butt down the line no matter what?
Well, do you think Matt Williams believes wins and losses ride on whether guys run out ground balls? I'll give the guy a little more credit than that. He probably thinks he's not seeing enough effort in general so he's going to zero in on it with a microscope until he gets the broader changes he's looking for. That's my speculation, at least.