"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
The other reason Ryan Howard also hits for higher average is that he hits well to all fields. Dunn is predominantly a pull hiter, and gets that vicious shift. Teams don't use that IF shift for Ryan Howard.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Adam Dunn strikesout too much? Hmmmm.
Top 10 career MLB strikeout leaders
>> 4 are in the Hall of Fame (Reggie Jax, Stargell, Schmidt & Tony Perez).
>> 4 are not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame (Sosa, Galarraga, McGriff & Thome).
>> 2 will probably never make it (Kingman & Canseco).
* The 4 that are in the Hall of Fame had OBPs of (Dunn .380 career):
>> Reggie = .356, Stargell = .360, Schmidt = .380, Perez = .341.
Top 20 career MLB strikeout leaders
>> 8 are in the Hall of Fame (Brock, Killebrew, Mantle, Winfield).
>> 5 are not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame (Rickey Henderson)
>> 7 will probably never make it (Bo. Bonds, Dale Murphy, Chili Davis, Dwight Evans, Gaetti).
* Only 1 of the 8 H-of-F members has a higher OBP than Dunn (Mantle = .421).
Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.
Wonder why Marty never points out that the lazy one has missed 5 games the past 3 seasons. 5 freaking games over 3 years. I'm going to pull my hair out if we have to keep going over this all the time.
As far as using up energy that may be needed later in the game, I have to ask if you are serious. So, without further adeau, are you serious? If a player is so out of shape that jogging to his position wears him out then perhaps he should care enough to get extensive cardio training. I would think the rest he gets in the dugout when his team's at bat would be more than enough to regain strength.
Finally, if your coach didn't encourage you to "hustle out there", I would think he wasn't much of a coach. Winning is, indeed, an attitude.
Last edited by Redlegs; 02-18-2007 at 03:37 PM.
I've seen a few minor league games in my time as a baseball fan and the minors are filled with "hustle," way more hustle than you see in the majors. Guys hustle to their positions and hustle back in. They hustle down to first base when they get a walk and hustle back in when they get thrown out at second. But that "hustle" doesn't necessarily win ballgames and for most of these guys, it doesn't get them to the big leagues. Scoring runs does that. Guys can hustle all they want, but they aren't going to score runs if they don't get on base, avoid making outs and get across home plate.
I really want Adam Dunn to do tour jetes out to left field on Opening Day. Seriously.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.