• Strikeouts Are Still Soaring

    Posted by on March 29th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    It’s a record setting pace.

    I blame sabermetrics. Those familiar with the study of Run Expectancy are always quick to add that “going down on strikes” is merely another vanilla form of being retired – and that the “K” was no better or worse, for the most part, than any other way of being retired as a batter. And, there’s no longer any stigma applied to having a high whiff total. This, batters don’t care and they hack away…

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    Comments on Strikeouts Are Still Soaring

    1. KPOcala
      March 30th, 2013 | 12:35 am

      I remember reading Reggie’s Jacksons’ book, appropriately named, “Reggie” in 1974. He bragged that he didn’t shorten his swing, choke up on the bat with two strikes, or worry about striking out. The reason being “money”. I think that has more to do with the K’s rising than anything else. Still, I think teams that happen to have some guys willing to do just that (choking up, hitting the other way, with two strikes) are often teams that win. They win, the press calls it “chemistry”, because fans/press don’t pick up some of the more subtle aspects of the game. And it doesn’t show up in the box scores, but it does happen. A lot of Twin teams over the past twenty years have won more than they ought to by playing the game “the right way”, because they can’t/won’t have huge payrolls.

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