Cowie-Zowie! I wonder if Colletti and Mattingly ever thought about flip-flopping their jobs?!
Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti endorsed OPS as a worthy tool for gauging offense because it takes into consideration power as well as the ability to reach base.
Don Mattingly, the Dodgers’ manager and a former American League batting champion, said he preferred runs scored.
“Think about it,” Mattingly said. “You have to be on base to do it; you have to be getting yourself in position [to score]. If you’re scoring 100 runs, you’re out there a lot, so it means your on-base [percentage] is up there, it probably means you have some extra-base hits or been a guy that can steal a bag.”
Colletti’s rebuttal: Runs scored are influenced by other hitters in the lineup, so they’re not the most valuable measurement.
Tim Wallach agrees with neither of his colleagues. The Dodgers third base coach, a former five-time All-Star third baseman, pointed to batting average with runners in scoring position as the most definitive offensive stat.
“It tells me if a guy’s a good hitter,” Wallach said, “because [opposing pitchers] are trying to make their best pitches when they have guys in scoring position.”