Should we consider it a lesson learned? That the radar gun should be ignored in spring training?
“There’s a lot of lessons to be learned,” Johnson said last weekend during the “Hot Stove Baseball” show on WBAL Radio. “Radar gun readings is one of them. What guys hit in spring training, how many homers they hit in spring training. There’s so many silly things.
“You guys have to write a story. I know that. We play so many games, you’ve got to find something. I understand it. It’s part of the job asking those kinds of questions. But it’s a funny game. It really is. You can find some weird numbers, you can find some weird trends. What you guys talked about a lot last year was the one-run games and how that’s going to play out again. Who knows? It’s just one of those silly things that happens.
“These statisticians come up with these formulas that tell you how good you’re supposed to be. You’re pitching better than your numbers or you don’t pitch as well. People need to quantify it. But if you just watch the games, you can see the bigger picture. I think it’s easier to see it that way.”
...“With the success we had, I think that’s part of the reason why. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Johnson said.
“Its not just the bullpen. I think they’re trying to keep as many guys here that we had last year. Players and numbers tell part of the story, but for the guys who see what goes on in the clubhouse, there’s more to it. I know Buck and Dan (Duquette) do a lot of research on the kind of people they bring in. That’s more of a key than necessarily the ability factor.”
Posted: December 28, 2012 at 06:15 AM | 30 comment(s)
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