Reed Broussard maintain public face, other random stuff
Anyway, moving on… in the Times, trying to make boring drills interesting, and trying to make a story about that interesting.
But in Baker’s Blog, there’s this
Manager Mike Hargrove wants added focus on situational hitting, which is how you wind up with contests like the one featuring $100-a-head batting practice bets.
Which… well, whatever, teams always say stuff like this in spring training. No team ever shows up to camp and announces they were good enough at situational hitting so they’re going to focus on swinging for the fences.
The trend in baseball in recent years has been to get away from the stolen base,
Wow, it’s a broad generalization, let’s trash it! Quick, to the AL stats!
1997: 1491/723 2,214
1998: 1675/754 2,429
1999: 1462/689 2,151 total
2000: 1297/587 1,884 total
2001: 1647/673 2,320 total
2002: 1236/579 1,815 total
2003: 1279/547 1,826 total
2004: 1253/573 1,826 total
2005: 1216/509 1,725 total
2006: 1252/500 1,752 total
Statistical attack proving ineffective! What? How can this be? That’s worked for years! Must… move… on…
…with statistical experts arguing that it is not worth the effort unless the runner in question is successful 75 per cent of the time.
(boggle) How’d that get into the Times? Someone needs to take this whippersnapper aside and have a chat with him.
Also, in high-leverage situations, statistical experts would argue you can go below 75%. But wow. I’m a little frightened of this Baker fellow and his suspicious command of facts.
He’ll probably leave soon for a San Diego paper, though – don’t be scared.