Saturday, July 12, 2008

QOTD

Ken Tremendous at FireJoeMorgan.com:
Ah, sac bunting. While it is excessively polite -- "Here, other team, take one of my precious outs. No no -- I insist! Allow me to make it as easy as possible for you." -- it is also strategically numbskulled. If you took the idea of bunting and applied it to World War II, it would be the equivalent of notifying the Germans ahead of time that the Allies were heading for Omaha, figuring: hell, we still have the advantage at Sword and Juno.

4 comments:

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Those of us who read Bill James and other sabermetricians over 20 years ago have been gratified to see the basic principles come into baseball.

Outs are precious.
Baserunners are precious.
Walks are worth more than you'd think.
Eating pitches is worth more than you'd think.
Stolen bases are only valuable if you make it 3 out of 4 times.
ERA is more meaningful than wins or strikeouts.
OPS is the best single measure of batting.

Carl said...

AVI:

As a long-time Bill James supporter, former Roto fanatic, and Moneyball partisan, agreed.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Yeah, I'm reading Moneyball at the moment.

Carl said...

AVI:

I envy you--it's such a great read. BTW, Jeremy Brown retired early this year with 3 hits in 10 big-league at-bats, having been stuck in Triple-A for two years.