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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Encina: Buck Showalter realizes challenge of replacing Jim Johnson is about more than just saves

And get that sabermetrics off my Johnson!

At the Swan and Dolphin Resort during this week’s winter meetings, there are a lot of baseball experts talking about talent, resorting to on-base percentage and WAR to evaluate value.

But how do you measure chemistry? How does having a good clubhouse guy improve your team and your ability to win on the field? And how do you rebound when you lose one?

...So how do you replace chemistry? You can’t measure it on Baseball Reference or FanGraphs, but it’s obviously one of the keys to success. Just look at the Boston Red Sox’s transformation from worst to first.

That’s what I asked Showalter on Tuesday during his media session with reporters here at the winter meetings.

“You asked a great question,” Showalter said. “You can’t put that sabermetrics on Johnson, Nate. ... We hope to replace them with guys that bring similar contributions other than playing the game. ... There are some other guys that might step up, having a year under their belt they hadn’t before. Let’s face it, chemistry comes from winning games, to start off with. You can start with good chemistry out in the spring. But if you go 0-30 in April, I bet your chemistry isn’t real good. It runs hand in hand.”

Repoz Posted: December 11, 2013 at 02:04 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: orioles, sabermetrics

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   1. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 11, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4616102)
Paging Bruce Jenkins...
   2. Baldrick Posted: December 11, 2013 at 04:29 PM (#4616136)
So how do you replace chemistry? You can’t measure it on Baseball Reference or FanGraphs

Wow, what an interesting new idea. It's crazy that no one has ever thought to ask a question like this before! And the manner of your phrasing is so unique, so unexpected.
   3. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 11, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4616142)
Repoz, you put these things up just to torture us, don't you? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
   4. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: December 11, 2013 at 04:36 PM (#4616143)
He was the glue that held the bullpen together

Now you can't go anywhere without tripping over a piece of bullpen.

When they heard about the trade, Tommy Hunter and Darren O'Day immediately decapitated T.J. McFarland.
   5. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: December 12, 2013 at 12:49 AM (#4616429)
Repoz, you put these things up just to torture us, don't you?

No. Correspondents here READ THEM to torture themselves.

Unless you have a plug-in on your browser that automatically reads aloud every single submission that appears on the Newsstand page.

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