More on Brundage
The Oregonian feauters an article advocating Brundage for manager, which will tell you why I’m way pro-Brundage and also a little anti-Brundage, as Brundage talks about being “aggressive”.
Also funny is this:
He knows that to be successful at Safeco Field, the Mariners must adopt a speed-oriented, National League style. Seattle strayed from that approach this year when it fielded one of the American League’s slowest teams.
Brundage doesn’t actually say that in the piece. But I find this interesting — I am continually baffled why people think this. The Mariner teams that have been successful in Safeco have got on base and hit for power, not stolen bases.
2000 – 91-71, OBP 4th in AL, SLG 8th in AL, SB 4th in SL
2001 – 116-46, OBP 1st in AL, SLG 4th in AL, SB 1st in AL
2002 – 93-69, OBP 2nd in AL, SLG 9th in AL, SB 2nd in AL
2003 – 93-69, OBP 4th in AL, SLG 10th in AL, SB 4th in AL
2004 – 63-99, OBP 10th in AL, SLG 14th in AL, SB 4th in AL
Does anyone really think that the difference between the 2001 Mariners and the 2004 Mariners offenses is that they went from 1st in SB to 4th in SB?