Geer (Bimringham, AL):
Speaking of the value of spring stats, surely something positive can be read into Heyward walking so much this spring, no?
: No. Who is he facing? What are their goals for the day? Only in rare cases are you facing major-league pitchers trying to beat the other team, and once that's gone, the stats disconnect from the game being played.
On any given day in March, some vast majority of pitchers are going to the mound working on something. You only hear about this when they get hammered.
Bill (New Mexico):
"On any given day in March, some vast majority of pitchers are going to the mound working on something." Right, got that, but is the same true of hitters? In other words, if some pitcher looks really GOOD in the spring, how much of that is attributable to the hitters "working on something" rather than to the possibility that the guy on the mound has discovered something and turned nasty? (Add me to the "great to have you back" crowd.)
: I elected to not type out the converse, but it is also true.
Statistics are only meaningful when generated in the process of trying to win baseball games. That's the most concise way I can put this.