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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Davey Johnson happy with Ian Desmond’s aggressive approach at the plate

and his .298 OBP last season as well, I guess. (Brenda Zanger book falls from shelf)

As reporters were down in the clubhouse postgame, we overheard a quote from Ian Desmond talking with Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight on MASN’s “Nats Xtra.”

Desmond was discussing his first-pitch home run hit off Marlins righty Josh Johnson leading off the bottom of the first inning tonight. The homer cut through a breeze and banged off a light pole over the left-center field wall.

“I’m up there ready to party,” Desmond said.

I like that mentality. So does manager Davey Johnson.

“I want them to express their talent and be aggressive,” Johnson said, speaking of Desmond and Danny Espinosa. “And Desi’s doing that. I don’t want him going up there and trying to work for a walk. I want him to go and hit a double. If you’re trying to just center on the ball and hit it hard on a strike down the middle, you’re thinking you’re going to hit a double and you end up hitting one ... out.”

Repoz Posted: March 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: nationals, sabermetrics

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   1. JE (Jason) Posted: March 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4093699)
In a related thread a couple of weeks ago, some were of the opinion that Davey's comments may be dismissed as "cheerleading." I'm not so sure anymore.
   2. Big Train Rollin' Posted: March 31, 2012 at 06:13 PM (#4093899)
That Davey Johnson...he's old skool.
   3. TomH Posted: March 31, 2012 at 08:34 PM (#4093955)
To be fair, Ted Williams' philosophy was not "take a walk"; it was "get a good pitch to hit". Problem for Ted was, they didn't want to throw him many good ones.
   4. Dan Posted: March 31, 2012 at 08:43 PM (#4093960)
Like TomH says, Davey Johnson is basically aping Williams with that quote. How is that quote endorsing a .298 OBP? He's just saying he likes Desmond swinging hard at pitches he can hit. He's not saying Desmond is perfect or can't improve on laying off of bad pitches.

God damn, I am ready for some real baseball games. The articles trying to pick apart quotes from managers and players and analyze them word by word are getting old. Let's have some real games to talk about already.
   5. Rafael Bellylard hoists a dry martini. Posted: April 01, 2012 at 03:03 AM (#4094079)
I don't know if it's available anywhere, but on the local Fox Florida broadcast of the Red Sox-Rays game on Saturday, Joe Maddon was interviewed for a full half-inning, and it may have been the most entertaining and enlightening 15 minutes or so I've ever had the pleasure to witness. I think I learned more about the intricacies of managing than any book I've ever read on the subject.

He really might be smarter than everyone else.
   6. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 01, 2012 at 06:54 AM (#4094088)
The game's archived on MLB.TV, The interview was in bottom of the 4th inning, and it was certainly worth watching. Maddon had interesting things to say about managing and the Rays.

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