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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

On “Weaver on Strategy” – The Hardball Times

There was no BaseballReference.com or Retrosheet.com in 1982. Stats, Inc. was founded in 1981. Weavers numbers were kept on index cards.

The anchor of his case is how Boog Powell fared against Mickey Lolich. In separate chapters of the book, Weaver said Powell went 1-for-61 and 2-for-61 against Lolich, a minor and forgivable slip. “That is something that never changed, and it never was going to change,” he said. That was why you gave your big first baseman a day off when Lolich got the start.

Except Powell wasn’t 2-for-61 against Lolich. He was 16-for-90 lifetime, slashing .178/.211/.278, which is quite rough but not all ashes and bitter tears. In the years Powell played under manager Weaver, 1968 to 1977, he hit Lolich 13-for-70. Breaking down his yearly performances, there is no stretch in those 90 ABs when Powell could have been 2-for-61 or particularly close. It’s hard to see where Weaver got such dire numbers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 05:30 PM | 26 comment(s)
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