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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    For the record, the most overrated skill in baseball is a tie between wearing eye black, and knowing how to work flip-down sunglasses.

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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

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    Walks score runs too.

    They avoid outs and acquire a base, which last time I checked is the main two objectives for EVERY PA. How something that accomplishes the main two objectives of every PA is overrated.... well, enlighten us.
    Walks also help burn through the opposing pitching staff.
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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Handofdeath View Post
    If you have someone talented enough to hit you in.
    Eddie Joost - 1949 - 128 runs scored - 149 walks - .263 BA

    Only one player on the A's had over 100 RBI's Eddie scored because he walked a bunch and was on base all the time, despite hitting .263, he walked 78 more times then the league average that season.

    No matter how you spin that I'd take it every year, from any player.

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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    The ability to second guess
    Never overlook the obvious

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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    Walks score runs too.

    They avoid outs and acquire a base, which last time I checked is the main two objectives for EVERY PA. How something that accomplishes the main two objectives of every PA is overrated.... well, enlighten us.
    Ah yes! I had forgotten. I do fondly recall watching one Harry Caray singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th inning stretch on WGN. It never failed to inspire me. The sheer alcohol-induced joy on his face. It was a beautiful sight watching him slur his way through that song every home game. Of course, the topper was at the end when he would shout " Let's acquire some bases! " He, of course, would then collapse unconscious in his announcers chair while Steve Stone finished the broadcast with Harry softly snoring in the background. Good times, I tell you.

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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    If there's one thing I've learned here over the last year it's this:

    Walks are good.

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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    My two nominations both involve catchers: 1) Blocking the plate and 2) "framing" pitches. I don't believe the latter really fools the umpire and the former might make the difference a few times a year at best.
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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Always Red View Post
    If there's one thing I've learned here over the last year it's this:

    Walks are good.
    I agree, especially when they are accompanied by timely hitting.

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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    I Think each skill is equally overrated comparatively. If that individual skill is all you have, then your pretty worthless. It takes a combination of several to have value. So I can't say anyone individual one has more value than the other.
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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    Stealing Bases

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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    Bat speed - without good eye-hand coordination and good pitch recognition - you have the means to hit any pitch, but lack the ability to judge when and where to swing.

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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Handofdeath View Post
    I agree, especially when they are accompanied by timely hitting.
    Yes, the ability to decide exactly when to get a base hit is extremely valuable.
    "I prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful

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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    Velocity. Hitters can adjust to almost any speed up to 96 or so. Changing speeds and location are key.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    A good curve ball. At least since about 1985. Umpires don't call it for strikes anymore, unless you're Zito or somebody like that.

    Might as well save the strain on your arm.
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    Re: Most over-rated skill in baseball

    Scrappiness.
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