Re: Kapler article on players not understanding the new Saber-world.
posted at 7/25/2013 8:15 AM EDT
In response to tom-uk's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
I'd rather see a player in tue to winning, and getting exceited over a bloop hit as opposed to a line drive out to shortstop.
Kapler is not saying that, the hit is what the player wants.
Leave the sabermetrics to the non-players (like me) and play ball...
I'm not sure you get the point Notin. The players would help the team win more if they had a higher OBP rather than BA. The saber stats are important because they help the team win. Look at the Cameron example of Votto 44 RBI and Phillips 79 RBI, and Phillips is complaining about who gets the big contract.
I'm not sure the posters above have read Kapler's article. It hurts the team if a pitcher is pressing because he has not won four straight, even if he pitched well then maybe he needs to be educated. The same with Pedroia a few years back his homers were down and Francona said he was pressing because of it. Pedroia should know that if his OBP is great and he is leading the league in doubles, he should not be pressing. Focussing on the HR number on the scoreboard makes no sense.
No I get the point.
But OBP is pretty much old news, sabermetrically. The value of the walk and working the count was demonstrated as far back as 1996, when Wade Boggs taught the Yankee lineup how to do it. OBP has turned into one of those “back of the baseball card” stats. It quickly progressed from “underrated” to mainstream. The best way to look at it is “percentage of time the hitter does not make an out.”
However, there are other metrics discussed and hinted at in the article that go beyond OBP that I prefer a hitter not worry about. Line Drive rate, for example. Yes, I want a hitter who hits line drives. They result in hits a ridiculously high percentage of the time. But I don’t want to watch a hitter who feels that he has done his job by lining out to shortstop. I do like to see a hitter satisfied with the occasional Texas League RBI single, even though it might negatively affect his IFFB%.
I just want who play hard and try to win. I realize the players will always focus on stats, as that is where they think their paychecks come from. I also do not think I will ever like that aspect of the game. Just be the player you are, and leave defining it to others, a job I will gladly take…