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 24, 2012

NYT: Kepner: Two Striking Exceptions to the Power of Free Swingers

When the baseball world falls apart some things stay in place
Drew Stubbs’ tears…(oh…and Austin Jackson’s too)

Dusty Baker, the Reds’ manager, understands. One night early in his career, while playing for the Atlanta Braves, Baker was out in New York with his teammates Hank Aaron, Rico Carty and Ralph Garr. They ran into the Mets’ Jerry Koosman, who told Baker he was the toughest out on the team.

“I thought that was pretty hip,” Baker said. “Then he told me it was because he didn’t know how to pitch me yet. It’s all about adjustments.”

For all his struggles at the plate last season, Stubbs still managed 40 stolen bases. He is a former first-round draft pick from the University of Texas, and Baker said he had the skills and aptitude to be an All-Star.

“This guy’s a smart kid,” Baker said. “He was an academic all-American. He can do the New York crossword puzzle in about five minutes. He pays attention, he internalizes some things.

“All anybody ever talks about is the negative. I tell him, ‘Don’t listen to them.’ He’s working on his bunting; he’s working on his approach. We need him. He’ll get there.”

...Early in the count, McClendon said, Jackson is using a slightly wider stance, with the bat touching his shoulder. With two strikes, the plan is to choke up on the bat and widen the stance a bit more, so Jackson can focus on using his hands and putting the ball in play.

“I would be really shocked if his numbers don’t get better this season,” McClendon said.

Repoz Posted: March 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, reds, sabermetrics, tigers

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. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 25, 2012 at 07:28 PM (#4089040)
He can do the New York crossword puzzle in about five minutes.


Man, just when you thought Dusty's player-evaluation methods couldn't get any more ridiculous.

Jackson is using a slightly wider stance


...or so he told the airport police.

   2. Tricky Dick Posted: March 26, 2012 at 09:22 AM (#4089220)
“What’s the best way to hit with two strikes?” Stubbs said Larkin had told him. “I didn’t like to get to two strikes. If you can get on a pitch before that, you’re there.”


I'm not sure that's the best advice for Stubbs, particularly if it makes him anxious to avoid 2 strikes.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Randy Jones
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogBBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!
(48 - 12:27pm, Mar 30)
Last: Hysterical & Useless

NewsblogChicago Cubs Kris Bryant and the service-time game | FOX Sports
(98 - 12:27pm, Mar 30)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogSadly, We've Lost Another Primate
(71 - 12:16pm, Mar 30)
Last: Andere Richtingen

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - March 2015
(1476 - 12:15pm, Mar 30)
Last: Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine

NewsblogDefiant CC Sabathia doesn’t give a ‘f–k’ about poor spring outings | New York Post
(51 - 12:11pm, Mar 30)
Last: Ithaca2323

NewsblogRed Sox trade for new catcher with Christian Vazquez sidelined - Over the Monster
(9 - 12:09pm, Mar 30)
Last: booond

NewsblogOTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues
(3627 - 12:07pm, Mar 30)
Last: Ron J2

NewsblogThe MLBPA Has a Problem | FanGraphs Baseball
(1 - 12:03pm, Mar 30)
Last: Joey B.

NewsblogDid David Ortiz admit to more than he realized with his Players’ Tribune editorial?
(17 - 11:59am, Mar 30)
Last: Joey B.

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(804 - 11:49am, Mar 30)
Last: Conor

NewsblogNats have tough decision to make on Uggla
(22 - 11:46am, Mar 30)
Last: jingoist

NewsblogWSJ - For Ichiro Suzuki, 41 Is the New 25 in Miami
(7 - 11:37am, Mar 30)
Last: A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose)

NewsblogU.S. union stands behind minor-league baseball players | Toronto Star
(12 - 11:09am, Mar 30)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-30-2015
(4 - 11:04am, Mar 30)
Last: BDC

NewsblogSpring training is horribly, utterly broken; here's how it can be fixed
(22 - 11:02am, Mar 30)
Last: BDC

Page rendered in 0.1874 seconds
48 querie(s) executed