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Perhaps I'm missing something, but I don't see how this is more hedgehog-like than fox-like.
Is "the third pitch matters" actually important, or is it one of those inevitable consequences like "The team that scores the second goal wins more often"?
For example, SI writer Tom Verducci says “The Rays are to pitching what Google is to algorithms.”
They do one thing very well and lose money at everything else?
Google does one thing well enough to fund their ineptitude elsewhere.
While the Yankees do one thing well enough to fund the Rays' ineptitude elsewhere.
who is generally thought to be "responsible" for the Rays' current run of success?
An interesting use of the word "fund". Perhaps someday I'll pick your pocket so you might fund my steak.
Maybe someday Bernie Madoffs sentence will be reduced so he can get out of jail by surrendering 10% of what he stole
Traditionally the Yankees owe 40% of all game revenues to their opponents. They set up YES to hide massive streams of revenues from their game partners, and cry about paying back a fraction of what they should owe as revenue sharing.
Whoever allowed them to pick at the top of every draft round for over a decade.
Pitchers are also instructed to throw the changeup on 15% of deliveries. And while other pitchers try and focus on getting ahead of batters, the Rays have discovered it’s the first three pitches that matter, with the third being the most important.
In terms of applying analytics, the Rays rely on a small staff of “Moneyball” statistical mavens that provide pitchers with a daily dossier of the hitters they’ll likely face, including they pitches they like and those they hate. And analytics also plays a part in how the Rays position their outfield and infielders to field balls that might otherwise go into the books as hits.
The Rays are guarded about sharing their proprietary knowledge...
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