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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Don Mattingly thinks pace of play can be improved by changing views on strikeouts

Second, Sabermetrics has shown that a strikeout is only marginally worse than an out made on a ball put in play. Sometimes, the strikeout is preferable, especially if there’s a runner on first base with less than two outs and a weak hitter at the plate. Sabermetrics has also shown home runs to be the best and most efficient way to contribute on offense. Furthermore, younger players tend to focus more on power in order to get noticed by scouts. Unless it’s paired with other elite skills, a scout isn’t going to remember a player who hit the ball into the hole on the right side, but he will remember the kid who blasted a 450-foot homer.

Here’s what Mattingly had to say:

Analytically, a few years back nobody cared about the strikeout, so it’s OK to strike out 150, 160, 170 times, and that guy’s still valued in a big way. Well, as soon as we start causing that to be a bad value — the strikeouts — guys will put the ball in play more. So once we say strikeouts are bad and it’s going to cost you money the more you strike out, then the strikeouts will go away. Guys will start making adjustments and putting the ball in play more.

[…]

If our game values [say that] strikeouts don’t matter, they are going to keep striking out, hitting homers, trying to hit home runs and striking out.

Simply believing strikeouts are bad won’t magically change its value. However, creating social pressure regarding striking out can change it. Theoretically, anyway. Creating that social pressure is easier said than done.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 11:18 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, pace of play, strikeouts

Sunday, January 22, 2017

dWAR Doesn’t Care One Bit About Your Reputation

Do Mattingly was a great first baseman, wasn’t he?

Wasn’t he?


Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Don Mattingly couldn’t take Barry Bonds anymore | New York Post

I guess Mattingly didn’t like him.

The 52-year-old Bonds publicly said he wanted to return in August, but apparently the Marlins didn’t want him back. SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reported that Bonds’ “commitment level dwindled” during the summer, and manager Don Mattingly called him out for the lack of effort.

According to The Post’s Kevin Kernan, who spoke with an MLB coach, Mattingly would have gone so far as to step down as manager if Bonds returned for another season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 07:37 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, don mattingly, marlins

 

 

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