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He certainly didn’t fail in the first half of the Reds’ breakthrough 2010 playoff season. In fact, the leader-by-example changed the culture of the Reds’ clubhouse (bye-bye, Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn), and led the Reds to their first postseason in 15 years.
Their leader batter has a .532 OPS,
Why Reds fans shouldn’t jump off the bridge
#14 The claim has never been that Ks don't cost, rather that Ks are not meaningfully worse than other outs.
#19 While it's true that if you could just turn Ks into balls in play while keeping everything else the same, it turns out to be easier said than done. Generally you end up giving back walks (because the best way to cut down Ks is resolving more PAs before you get to two strikes) or power.
no Brett Butler
last 14 days for Billy: .326/.348/.442. Since his epic 0-12 w/6k opening series against the Cards, he's hitting .282.
#21 And I'm saying that it's correct to focus on the result because you can't "fix it one step earlier".
Sosh, you and Walt and the others would have a point if you could actually name players who've successfully traded Ks for balls in play.
Putting the ball in play is better than striking out.
Not necessarily. Double plays are considerably worse than strikeouts.
Whether Billy Hamilton can improve his contact rate (which, I bet he can, at least to some extent), is independent of whether a Billy Hamilton with a better contact rate would be a better player. He would be.
Also of note, while K rate is very stable (correlation north of 88% for regulars with 300+ PAs in consecutive years), there would be nothing at all unusual with a player cutting his K rate by 15 per 600 PAs.
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