"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
Tim McCarver: Baseball Quotes
I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter, that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit.
Just read the Jayson Stark article on this trade. He quoted an unnamed GM as saying...
"It's three five-tool players. That's what you've got in one outfield."
BJ Upton is not a 5 tool player. Justin is closer, and Heyward... not so much. None of the three hit... for power yes, but aren't the five tools; hitting for average, hitting for power, baserunning skills and speed, throwing ability, and fielding abilities.
None really hit for average, Justin being the closest to that.
5 tool player is waaaaay over used.
ďIíll just take my walk,Ē he said, to laughter. One reporter followed up that Hamilton might be able to score from first on a single. ďIf he does, thatís great. Isnít that crazy? Think about that: I hit a single and got an RBI. Like I said, crude stat, right?Ē
"On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."
Not including Francisco and his robust K every 2.74 AB's, this is what the heart of the Braves new order did last season:
AB - Total K - AB/K
523 168 3.11
573 169 3.39
587 152 3.86
540 129 4.19
554 121 4.58
Averages for the 4 above
555.4 147.8 3.82
That's a whole bunch of swing and miss...
2010 Mock Draft Selections (picking for Rays)
Dear Arizona, it's not football
“The problem is that he didn’t play with a high level of energy,” said the former teammate, who spoke on the condition that he would not be identified. “What I think they want is guys who play with the speed, energy and intensity of the Oregon football team — all out, all the time.
“Justin doesn’t have that kind of attitude; he has a quiet intensity that doesn’t fit the mold of what KT and Gibby seem to want. He plays hard, but has to look suave doing it. Slamming into walls isn’t his thing, and they will accept nothing short of all-out sacrifice for the team.”
Evidently, it wasn’t enough when Upton hit 31 home runs and finished fourth in the 2011 voting for National League MVP. Evidently, it wasn’t enough that he played through a painful injury to his left thumb in the early part of last season, helping account for his drop in production.
No one questions Upton’s work ethic, but in the words of one rival executive, “he is not a leader, not an all-out hustle type.” Neither is his older brother and new teammate, center fielder B.J. Upton. Both Uptons are so talented, they can make the game look easy — too easy.
Basically, at the team level, there's no meaningful correlation between strikeouts and wOBA. And to the extent that striking out more hurts, improving your team baserunning helps your offense more than striking out more hurts.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
"I donít know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody".