• When The Old Math Meets Today’s Stats

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Via the Chicago Tribune -

    [Lou] Piniella plans to give Fukudome a game off in Pittsburgh this weekend, moving Mark DeRosa to right and giving Ronny Cedeno a start at second. As the weather heats up, look for Piniella to use his bench more often, even if it means sitting some of his regulars for a game or two.

    “I remember one manager told me I looked tired, and I agreed with him,” Piniella said. “Seventeen days later, I got back in the lineup.”

    Oscar Gamble was the one who took Piniella’s place with the Yankees, and Dick Howser was the manager.

    “No one can play 162 games anymore,” Piniella said. “And if they do, you’re not going to get a very productive 162. So take a little breather, get a little rest, give someone on the bench a chance to play and, I promise, I won’t sit anybody 17 days.”

    I decided to play Rob Neyer on this one and looked it up. Howser only managed the Yankees in 1980. Piniella never sat for more than five games in a row in that season. Oh, well…

    Comments on When The Old Math Meets Today’s Stats

    1. hopbitters
      May 22nd, 2008 | 10:55 am

      Sure Lou, players now are weaker, less conditioned, and don’t have the same access to health care that players did in previous eras, so of course they can’t be expected do their job for half a year. Maybe we should institute a little nap time between innings. Speaking of innings, what is with all those extra innings? No winner after 9? Call it a tie (right Bud?) and everybody can get their beauty sleep in.

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