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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Baer: Ruben Amaro can’t believe the Phillies aren’t drawing walks

Ruben: Handbook of the Elementary.

GM Ruben Amaro is shocked — shocked! — that his team isn’t drawing walks.

Via Kevin Tresolini:

  “I think it’s ridiculous that we’ve had no walks in three days,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I cannot believe it. More importantly, it’s about not just walks, but producing, and we haven’t done that. We haven’t gotten hits, period. We haven’t gotten hits with runners in scoring position, we haven’t gotten hits to lead off innings.

  “We need more people on base and more offensive production. You’ve got to give some credit to the pitchers, but not all of it. We just need to be better. It’s as simple as that. Right now we’re not.’’

Let’s ignore that the Phillies are actually hitting .278 with runners in scoring position, which ranks seventh out of 15 teams. On 97.5 The Fanatic back in January, Amaro famously said, “I don’t care about walks; I care about production.” As many studies have shown, however, on-base percentage is very heavily correlated with run-scoring (production). Most front offices across baseball have acknowledged this fact, but the Phillies are proudly one of the few remaining teams without a real analytics department.

If you want to know how the Phillies have squandered so many wonderful opportunities since 2009, it’s because they’re still operating under the 1960′s baseball zeitgeist.

Repoz Posted: April 20, 2013 at 07:11 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. eddieot Posted: April 20, 2013 at 07:30 AM (#4420222)
Cluelessness is the new market efficiency.
   2. Bob Tufts Posted: April 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM (#4420268)
For a minute I thought the headline was going to refer to drawing fans.....I am going to drive to CPB from NYC to watch Lee/Lynn tonight.
   3. Knock on any Iorg Posted: April 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM (#4420290)
Maybe Amaro should work a trade for Joey Votto, I hear he walks too much.
   4. Tripon Posted: April 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM (#4420316)
How is Ryan Howard doing?
   5. KT's Pot Arb Posted: April 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM (#4420318)
"I assembled a team of players who dint walk and they aren't walking! Why aren't they walking?"
   6. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: April 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM (#4420325)
"I assembled a team of players who dint walk and they aren't walking! Why aren't they walking?"

"OMG! I can't feel their legs!"
   7. Jim Wisinski Posted: April 20, 2013 at 02:05 PM (#4420371)
How is Ryan Howard doing?


He tried to walk but all the piles of money kept getting in the way.
   8. base ball chick Posted: April 20, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4420443)
aren't they being "aggressive"?
   9. Squash Posted: April 20, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4420533)
At least the bases aren't clogged or anything.
   10. Harvey Berkman Posted: April 20, 2013 at 05:23 PM (#4420602)
Well, Cliff Lee has walked just one all year, so it evens out.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: April 20, 2013 at 06:08 PM (#4420650)
On the bright side, Michael Young is hitting 339/391/458. And Utley is smashing along at 300/348/550.
   12. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 20, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4420772)
Way to "black cat" Cliff Lee, Harvey. Lee walked 3 in one inning tonight.

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