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Where once it was a radical idea, now it's almost passe. That movie Moneyball really changed things.
MLB: Mets value OBP above SBs in search for leadoff man
Being as the Mets apparently think having a leadoff hitter focus on, you know, getting on base -is some radical new idea, it's clear that they're about 25-30 years behind the times.
Omar Minaya once responded to a question regarding OBP by saying, "that's not something we look at"
Omar Minaya, the strip miner
DMZ · October 6, 2003 at 9:58 pm · Filed Under Mariners
“The Strip Miner”
Over 1,000 Words of Goodness
Because you demanded it!
Omar’s in a difficult situation, and this is what people will point to when they excuse his faults: “What else is he going to do, given that his team is owned by MLB?”
And I agree, a little, in that I’ll give him some sympathy. Beyond that, his record in Montreal and his general outlook offer little evidence that Minaya would be a good general manager in Seattle.
One thing we agree on here at the U.S.S. Mariner is that when you look for a GM candidate, you should look for someone adaptable, willing to learn. Minaya will not learn, and seems to have a great deal of disdain for those who do. One of my favorite Minaya quotes is “I don’t talk about on-base percentage. I’m old school. I’m not a stat guy. I’m a talent evaluator. The guys who taught me the game of baseball never talked about on-base percentage. Give me talent and I’ll give you on-base percentage.”He’s got a ton of gems like that. Two years as Montreal’s GM, the team went 83-79 twice. The problem is that Minaya knew he wasn’t going to be around for a while and essentially has left the Expos minor league system in a state that (were it in the US, anyway) might qualify it as a Superfund cleanup project.
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