SecretAgentMan wrote: bigh0rt wrote:
^ The game is different now than it was in 1950? Ya don't say...
Different is not necessarily better. The k rate is way too high imo and a lot of players are going for Hrs to get contracts and sacrificing avg in the post roids era. That may make for entertaining regular season games, but if the goal is to win a pennant or title, then it is the dead wrong approach imo. The Yankee teams of the late 90's did not do this nor did they have a bunch of 40 hr guys . Yet they were pretty dominant. That is because they had excellent pitching and guys that could scratch out some runs when they needed to like Williams and O'neill and Martinez. Now most everyone goes up there trying to hit a hr all the time regardless of the situation and what a shocker you can't do that against Verlander that easily. A basic tenant you learn in little league is to cut your swing down and try to hit a line drive up the middle with two strikes. Cano does it at times. The better players in the league like MCab do it. There is a reason they hit 300+ and the Tex hits .245 now. Some like Swisher you can sort of excuse because they are not nearly as talented and are sort of that player to start with. Guys like Tex who have the talent to hit for a decent avg would probably drive in and score more runs if they cut the ks down and got on base 5+% more.
There's been a huge devaluation, and rightfully so, of batting average, over the last decade, as well as the un-demonizing of the strikeout. Teixeira's dip in AVG is largely credited to the shifts he faces now and his seeming unwillingness to go the other way while batting, IIRC, left-handed. The Yankees managed to win a World Series with most of the team they have now just a few short years ago, so this really sounds like a bunch of old timer rhetoric. A fun little fact, though, is that Mark Teixeira's K rate has remained pretty consistent throughout his entire career, has not spiked with the Yankees, and is actually at an all-time low thus far in 2012. His BB Rate? Same story. Consistent with Texas, Atlanta, the Yankees... Like I said, it all sounds like a bunch of old timer rhetoric. Choke up. Hustle. Throw some dirt on it. Guys don't play like they used to. Meh.