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The death of the walker

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  • #16
    The medical care for pitchers is better, and there usually isn't that Mark Prior or Kerry Wood level of abuse. They recognize the need to minimize pitches/out, so they throw strikes. And there aren't as many 35+ HR hitters.
    (fantasy football)
    JM: Only did that for a couple of years and then we had a conspiracy so it kind of turned me sour. Our league's commissioner, Lew Ford(notes) at the time, was doing some shady things that ... I'd rather not talk about [laughs].
    DB: Isn't he in Japan right now?
    JM: I don't know where Lou is right now. He's probably fleeing the authorities [laughs].

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    • #17
      Does anyone know if hit and run's have surged lately?

      Walks and taking pitches have been high over-valued for the last ten years so I'm glad they're going down.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by White Knight View Post
        So why do you guys think players are walking less? Is it because pitchers have less fear in going after the hitter, strike zone changes, or less patient/less good-eye hitters?
        Yes. Pitchers are throwing harder and using more moving fastballs (cutter, two-seamer) as their primary pitch. They have realized that hitters not using steroids are much less intimidating
        "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Yaz View Post
          Does anyone know if hit and run's have surged lately?

          Walks and taking pitches have been high over-valued for the last ten years so I'm glad they're going down.

          Jeff Francouer is that you?
          "all the mets road wins against the dodgers this year have occured at Dodger Stadium"---Ralph Kiner

          "Blind people came to the park just to listen to him pitch"---Reggie Jackson, talking about Tom Seaver

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          • #20
            Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
            Well the pitchers are all focused on having lower WHIPs and FIPs :-)
            I was blown away a few years ago when Zack Grienke said the most important stat for him was FIP!

            http://sabr.org/content/zack-greinke
            Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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            • #21
              Originally posted by m8644 View Post
              Jeff Francouer is that you?

              Nope, just a baseball fan with common sense.

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              • #22
                maybe players need to learn how to take a walk:
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMxMnSd9rhY
                I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Yaz View Post
                  Does anyone know if hit and run's have surged lately?

                  Walks and taking pitches have been high over-valued for the last ten years so I'm glad they're going down.
                  Disagree big time. Almost nothing is more exciting than watching a .450+ OBP guy. Baseball severely needs his return.
                  Lou Gehrig is the Truest Yankee of them all!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Yaz View Post
                    Nope, just a baseball fan with common sense.

                    common sense would say that players who make less outs are usually better than players who make more outs......as would research from baseball history as to which type of teams score more runs over the course of a season.
                    "all the mets road wins against the dodgers this year have occured at Dodger Stadium"---Ralph Kiner

                    "Blind people came to the park just to listen to him pitch"---Reggie Jackson, talking about Tom Seaver

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                    • #25
                      of course walks are good. getting on base is always good. however when scoring drops everything is going down and not just walks. hits, XBH and HRs also decline as walks do.
                      I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by White Knight View Post
                        Disagree big time. Almost nothing is more exciting than watching a .450+ OBP guy. Baseball severely needs his return.
                        I disagree completely. The game needs more athletes running, not more slow guys taking pitches. When guys with .400 OBP's were unemployed in February in the pre-Moneyball era, of course it was wise to pick them them up cheap. But when average players like JD Drew started getting paid $14mil per year because of their ability to watch a pitch go by without swinging, then that skill is officially over-valued.

                        If a team isn't paying league minimum or if the player isn't a threat to steal then a walk is nothing more than a consolation prize to a hit.

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                        • #27
                          Over a 162-game average, Lou Gehrig walked 113 times & struck out 59 times. I'd take a player like him over any of today's K-happy sluggers. The point of the game is to score runs, and if you don't get on base, you can't score runs.
                          Born to an age where horror has become commonplace, where tragedy has, by its monotonous repetition, become a parody of sorrow, we need to fence off a few parks where humans try to be fair, where skill has some hope of reward, [and] where absurdity has a harder time than usual getting a ticket." -- Thomas Boswell, 1984

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Yaz View Post
                            I disagree completely. The game needs more athletes running, not more slow guys taking pitches. When guys with .400 OBP's were unemployed in February in the pre-Moneyball era, of course it was wise to pick them them up cheap. But when average players like JD Drew started getting paid $14mil per year because of their ability to watch a pitch go by without swinging, then that skill is officially over-valued.

                            If a team isn't paying league minimum or if the player isn't a threat to steal then a walk is nothing more than a consolation prize to a hit.

                            Like I said, getting on base is a good thing, no matter how it's done and no matter who is doing it. Look at the teams who generally score more runs over the course of the history of baseball, tell me what they have in common and which stat they are generally near the top of the league in is.
                            "all the mets road wins against the dodgers this year have occured at Dodger Stadium"---Ralph Kiner

                            "Blind people came to the park just to listen to him pitch"---Reggie Jackson, talking about Tom Seaver

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
                              Warren Spahn was heard to lament on his deathbed; "My only regret is that I didn't have a higher ERA+. I'm so overrated! My 363 wins are meaningless!" It was very sad.
                              The thing that makes things funny, is that they are true. Many posters here probably think exactly that. After all, wins are "team dependent," LOL
                              This week's Giant

                              #5 in games played as a Giant with 1721 , Bill Terry

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Yaz View Post
                                I disagree completely. The game needs more athletes running, not more slow guys taking pitches. When guys with .400 OBP's were unemployed in February in the pre-Moneyball era, of course it was wise to pick them them up cheap. But when average players like JD Drew started getting paid $14mil per year because of their ability to watch a pitch go by without swinging, then that skill is officially over-valued.

                                If a team isn't paying league minimum or if the player isn't a threat to steal then a walk is nothing more than a consolation prize to a hit.
                                remember Milton Bradley? he was god. JD Drew is incredibly overrated.
                                This week's Giant

                                #5 in games played as a Giant with 1721 , Bill Terry

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