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If a line drive falls in the outfield and nobody records it, does it raise your batting average?
What is considered a quality trip to the plate? Anything that falls into one of these eight categories:
1. A hard-hit ball
2. Any hit (Springer himself has his quibbles with this one, as the squibblers through the hole are inherently going to qualify, but he knows every hitter gets them from time to time)
3. Moving a guy over
4. Any RBI
5. A successful bunt
6. A walk
7. A hit-by-pitch
8. An at-bat of eight pitches or more
"If you're not in the hunt for this award," Springer said, "there's something wrong mentally."
Springer believes there would be value in expanding the program across the Major League level.
"Let's say every big league team invested $200,000 back into its hitters," he said. "You offer $100 for every quality at-bat, but only on the nights you win. Let's say every guy averages two a night. That's 20 quality at-bats. You're going to win a whole bunch of games with 20 quality at-bats a night. Let's say you win 100 games, times $2,000 a night. That's $200,000 invested back in your hitters to get them to think right."
Money well spent? Well, depends on who you ask. Many organizations have embraced the concept of "quality at-bats," yet runs, walks, hits and homers have been in decline the last few seasons. Strikeouts have reached historic levels.
Let's say every guy averages two a night. That's 20 quality at-bats.
“I’m telling you,” said Adam Dunn, whose batting average has dropped in recent seasons, “if people didn’t post people’s batting averages on the scoreboard or in the media, people would be batting .400. I’m serious. I believe that. You look at Spring Training, and I know it’s a small sample, but you’ve got guys hitting .500 in 50-60 at-bats. They know they’re hitting good, but they don’t know what they’re hitting.”
“If on-base percentage is so important, then why don’t they put it up on the scoreboard?” Francoeur says.
He's signed through 2014 at $15M per. If he has a good month or two, I think you have to try and eat half to 2/3 of the remaining money and flip him to a contender with a black hole at DH.
The contender with the biggest hole at DH is the White Sox.
I think you have to try and eat half to 2/3 of the remaining money and flip him to a contender with a black hole at DH
Wouldn't it be more practical to pick footage from some random team in the 90's and have someone watch the compressed games?
Not too many people are going to remember individual stat lines from 1992.
Sure, if you've got the funding ;-)
You could avoid any preferences by making it a computer simulation of players(or doing minor league data) create an entire league on a video game and make them watch the games.
because my presence on the team at said level of performance makes x more fans show up per game.
So, if they didn't put the score on the scoreboard would teams average 8 runs a game or would pitchers only give up 1 run a game?
You think that's the silly part? How about he fact that he thinks people making 8 figures are going to be motivated by $100.
Wow, I think I finally translated Dunn's meaning into something almost sensible.
I don't think he's suggesting everybody would hit 400, I think he's suggesting somebody would hit 400 (at least more often than they have over the last 70 years). Without flashing the number, without the pressure, Brett/Gwynn/Carew (and maybe many more) would have hit 400.
In that interpretation at least he's aware that Adam Dunn would still not be one of those guys.
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