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Knowing your love of baseball, what can you tell us about the legacy of Earl Weaver? (Weaver, a former Baltimore Orioles manager, passed away Saturday at 82).
“Tim Kurkjian, terrific baseball writer for ESPN, says — who knew Earl Weaver as I did — that Earl Weaver is one of the three greatest managers of all time… Earl Weaver understood the basic point of the Moneyball approach to baseball. Which is, people say baseball doesn’t have a clock. Earl Weaver understood it does have a clock and it has 27 ticks — they’re outs. And what you do is you run the game so as to maximize your chance of not making an out. Walks, on-base percentage, all the rest. Never bunt. You’ve got 27 outs, don’t give them away. So Earl was probably 30 years ahead of his time in his intuitive understanding of what Moneyball made explicit.”
What are the chances of a Washington Nationals appearance in the World Series next season?
“Well, particularly with the new trades and acquisitions, and re-signing [Adam] LaRoche, great first baseman who was probably their most valuable player last year, the Nationals are on paper the best team in the National League. Unfortunately, they don’t play the game on paper, they play it on grass and dirt. But even there the Nationals should be even better than last year. They’ll play in October.”
Posted: January 20, 2013 at 03:23 PM | 63 comment(s)
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