Erboes wrote:Sosa didn't become a good hitter until he learned the strike zone. He was up and down and traded a couple times because of it. He's a prime example of what could happen to Baldelli.
And don't mistake a guy who doesn't take many walks for a player who doesn't know the strike zone. Nomar doesn't chase very many bad pitches. It's just that there aren't too many good pitches that he doesn't like.
Baldelli doesn't know that strike zone because he doesn't draw walks AND he strikes out a lot. Nomar is a completely different hitter. Nomar has never struck out over 100 times. Also, Nomar's career OBP is a solid .370 and has won several batting titles. In his best seasn he had a 61-51 Walk to strikeout ratio. Nomar drew more walks than strikeouts. At 128-30 ratio Baldelli has a lot of work to do, don't you think.
Sammy's development was unusual and definitely NOT the norm.