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HOOTIE wrote:http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/sportsevent/ ... 1309990001
Kenny said they accepted less talent for character instead. Does this imply CLee was lacking charcater, and Pods has it?
Improving era 1.30 will do wonders. The offense scored 124 fewer runs this year. Kenny said they got blown out alot in 04, that they wanted more oba, less power. The 04 team had a .333 oba average, versus the champs .322. If you have a 4.91 era, you are going to get blown out alot. So why don't they say, in 04 the pitching was bad, in 05 it was great? What they are saying is scoring less runs, having a lower oba, but gaining character was the difference.
Does Manny have great character? He's always disrupting the clubhouse in some way. Yet he got a ring in 04. But now character is the way to go? And how exactly do you know if a guy has good character?
Chicago's post season era was 2.55. Wow. The worst pitcher was at a 3.47 era. Chicago had a .476 slugging% in the playoffs, versus a .425 regular season slugging %. Seems great pitching, and slugging was the key in the post season.
Niffoc4 wrote:Its funny that Williams would mention character as a plus for this team, because I was just reading about how guys like Bobby Jenks were talented players with character/makeup problems who put it together this year... basically that Williams had placed talent in front of character and it worked...
stumpak wrote:It's amazing how this sort of analysis alludes sportwriters and TV talking heads. The real story is not that the Sox discovered some sort of magic formula, the real story is that a team degraded its offense over the offseason, installed an productive offensive philosophy and still managed to win it all because his pitching was so good. No GM is perfect, but I am sick of hearing that the Sox are soem sort of new paradigm when they managed to make their team WORSE than it otherwise would have been over the last off season.
davidmarver wrote:People are also looking for a way to set their championship team apart from the others. Since numbers won't support that kind of claim, they look for superficial attributes. Kinda lame, but that'd be the explanation.
bigh0rt wrote:davidmarver wrote:People are also looking for a way to set their championship team apart from the others. Since numbers won't support that kind of claim, they look for superficial attributes. Kinda lame, but that'd be the explanation.
Strangely, I agree.
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