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Max Muncy’s challenge after breakout season with Dodgers – do it again – Orange County Register

Do teams really need a year to figure out a player now?

Muncy acknowledges the “Year Two challenge” will be considerable.

“One of the biggest differences probably is, when I go up there in the batter’s box, teams aren’t going to be thinking, ‘Oh, here’s a guy – we know what he did in Oakland. He struggled,’ ” Muncy says. “Now it’s going to be, ‘OK, we can’t make a mistake against this guy.’ I do think that will be one of the biggest differences – that guys are going to be obviously a little more alert. Not saying I’m Miguel Cabrera out there. I think that will probably be one of the biggest challenges from Day One. It’s not going to be easy.

“That’s probably the challenge everyone faces. You talk about Cody (Bellinger) and CT. When Cody comes up, it’s ‘OK, he’s a rookie. Let’s see if he can hit this pitch. Let’s see if he can handle this.’ He does, then the next year it becomes, ‘OK, let’s see if he can do this.’

“Once they start getting information on you, that’s always the Year Two challenge. … There’s so much information now. They can tell on day games, on Tuesday, he does this. Don’t throw this pitch on a Tuesday day game. Or on a Wednesday, he hits this pitch. They have that information now – which is a little ridiculous. But they can break down every centimeter of your swing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 05:59 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. filihok Posted: March 06, 2019 at 12:21 PM (#5820681)
They can tell on day games, on Tuesday, he does this. Don’t throw this pitch on a Tuesday day game. Or on a Wednesday, he hits this pitch. They have that information now

I hope this isn't what the Dodgers' analytics department is teaching the players

Unless it's, somehow, true.
Dun dun dun...
   2. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 06, 2019 at 02:21 PM (#5820714)
Max Muncy is an interesting player. Sometimes these marginal major league players do break out late and become great players (Jose Bautista). The Dodgers even had a similar case in Justin Turner, whom they signed on an NRI to spring training after no team would offer him a major league deal (the Mets get a lot of flack for not offering arbitration, but if you criticize the Mets, you should also ding the other 28 teams who could have had him for a million bucks). But other times, you have one year wonders. So, I don't have any idea what to expect from Muncy.

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