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And even if that's not what they were doing, there is, to state the obvious, a shite-ton of grey area between "fetishizing" walks and "actively discouraging" them.
Do you think Hendry said to Friedman, "Why don't you guys take Fuld, we actively discourage walks and look how much he walked ... just think how much he'll walk for you guys?"
So having a good batting average is somehow bad?
What more is it you want? They're Epstein's words, so I tested them.
I worked back in OBP from 2012 to 2008, saw that the Cubs had been a tad shy of league average in 2010 and 2011, above average in 2009, and first in the league in 2008, realized Epstein's claims were preposterous on their face, and said so.
That's the rule around here -- all inferences are drawn against Murray Chass; to spare Theo Epstein from even minor criticism, people bend over backwards to make up things Theo Epstein said.
This might be the most asinine thing SBB has ever said. More than any of the Jack Morris nonsense.
10. SugarBear Blanks Posted: October 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM (#4282147)
It got worse in 2012 on his watch.
12. SugarBear Blanks Posted: October 24, 2012 at 09:32 PM (#4282229)
It doesn't matter whether it got worse on his watch
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