Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. JE (Jason Epstein) 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. Knock on any Iorg 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: Built like a Panda. 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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
The Id of SugarBear Blanks
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogFull Count » Mike Carp, Felix Doubront and the challenges of player discontent on a struggling team
(4 - 2:18am, Jul 28)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogDJ Short: Maximum stay on Hall of Fame ballot changed from 15 to 10 years
(56 - 2:03am, Jul 28)
Last: bobm

NewsblogSchoenfield: Why didn't the Braves win more titles?
(44 - 1:56am, Jul 28)
Last: DFA

NewsblogFull Count » Mike Carp explains why he requested a trade from Red Sox
(17 - 1:22am, Jul 28)
Last: DFA

NewsblogOTP - July 2014: Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game
(3290 - 1:15am, Jul 28)
Last: Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick.

NewsblogHall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players, Effective Immediately
(82 - 12:52am, Jul 28)
Last: DanG

NewsblogRoger Angell goes into the Hall of Fame
(28 - 12:49am, Jul 28)
Last: bobm

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread- July 2014
(967 - 12:31am, Jul 28)
Last: clowns to the left of me; STEAGLES to the right

NewsblogGiants purchase contract of 2B Uggla
(8 - 12:09am, Jul 28)
Last: Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick.

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 7-27-2014
(145 - 11:46pm, Jul 27)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim

NewsblogGossage on Bonds, McGwire Hall hopes: ‘Are you f–king kidding?’
(105 - 11:25pm, Jul 27)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogHoVG: John Rocker Shows Up in Cooperstown… “Survivor” Up Next
(31 - 10:52pm, Jul 27)
Last: depletion

NewsblogDodgers and Diamondbacks Triple-A teams involved in wild brawl
(8 - 10:43pm, Jul 27)
Last: depletion

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1956 Ballot
(7 - 9:28pm, Jul 27)
Last: neilsen

SABR - BBTF ChapterWho's going to SABR??
(100 - 6:40pm, Jul 27)
Last: Scott Fischthal

Page rendered in 0.1489 seconds
52 querie(s) executed