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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1968 26 BOS AL 150 612 535 35 109 .275 .356 .518 .874 155 AS MVP-3
1969 27 TOT AL 159 672 565 30 92 .221 .336 .419 .756 108
1969 27 BOS AL 10 51 46 3 8 .217 .275 .435 .709 91
1969 27 CLE AL 149 621 519 27 84 .222 .341 .418 .759 109
As a Detroit Red Wings fan, I am familiar with the concept of partiality to "our old coot" ( ie. Mickey Redmond). He may be as dense as a bag of hammers but he's our bag if hammers, d@mm*#!
However, many coaches scream at players to NOT do something, which makes the players think about failure as opposed to visualizing success.
Just to keep rambling because I've had a few beers, but one of my newer passions in life is cooking (and I am good at it), but I picked it up after I started getting into the sabermetrics stuff. I started a bit with Rachael Ray (in stats terms, like the front of a baseball card) and eventually got hooked on Alton Brown. From Alton, I have moved onto America's Test Kitchen. One of the things that I love about Alton and Christopher Kimball is that they both have challenged conventional wisdom. I read an interview with Kimball where he said that he was disappointed when he went through culinary school that he would ask questions why things were done a certain way and the only answer he could ever get is "because this is the way we have always done it." Alton has expressed similar sentiments. I think I've always been fascinated with the why's rather than the how's. I think sabermetrics is similar to this.
Similar to baseball, watching Alton Brown and ATK didn't make me love cooking more (okay it did, because I make way better food now). It just made me understand it better and gave explanations as why I should sear my meat.
Pro sports still have plenty of head cases. Mental toughness is a big factor in success, but it is not a binary, where you either have it or don't. Just like every aspect of physical talent, it's a continuum. Kind of like with foot speed. You can say they weed out the slow, but if you make up for it with other skills a Molina can play.
Yeah, if it takes sabermetrics to get you interested in baseball, you're not a fan, you're just a nerd. Not that they can't deepen our understanding and appreciation of the game, but there's a reason teams don't run marketing campaigns around WAR and BABIP.
most of those guys at least have at least some mental toughness they can rely on, it's partially what helped them get so far. It's the classic "thinking too much" problem imo.
Dale Murphy, Glen hubbard, Bruce Bennedict, Bob Horner, Pasqual Perez, Neikro, and Claudel Washington playing when I was 9-14 are to blame.
So I think it would be great if somebody could get the current Hawk to give an honest assessment of Hawk the player. It would be a much better interview than "hey Hawk what do you think about sabermetrics"?
"So Hawk, why didn't you want to win when you were a player?"
Throughout the whole interview, Hawk was talking about how preventing runs is more important than scoring runs. It would seem like it should be a 50/50 split, but Hawk was actually on to something here. Using the 1996-2012 seasons, I graphed out the correlations of RS vs. Wins and RA vs. Wins, and runs allowed actually had the higher R-Squared (39% vs. 30%).
It's not a huge difference, but I'd say it's more than just noise. Giving it further thought, I can see how this would be true. A team has no upper limit in which it can score, but the difference between 10 and 15 runs scored barely changes their chances of winning. However, a team cannot score negative runs, so each run allowed at the bottom of the spectrum is very important. Now, Hawk starting deflecting offensive questions by saying it's ALL about preventing runs, which is clearly not the case, but we can say he was actually right about something after all.
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