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Re: Character, the new blueprint for success, or so they say

Postby chadlincoln » Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:35 am

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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.

And I thought a huge reason AJ was let go was because he wasn't a favorite in the club house?
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Postby thedude » Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:26 pm

The white sox got "hot" at the right time. They put to togather great pitching outings and benefitted from lousy New York and Boston Teams (compared to the last two seasons). They are a good team, but they are hardly a team for the ages.

Any team with Carl Everett and Bobby Jenks can't be mentioned in the same sentence with the words "good charactor."
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Postby bigjimblue » Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:43 pm

And how about the weirdest character of them all, Pierzynski?
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Postby Apollo » Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:30 pm

You can argue this all you want, but I see no validity to this contention. You may think they're not as talented, but going from sitting home watching the playoffs to winning the WS proves, without question, that they made their team far better over the last offseason.

Their pitching got better, almost out of nowhere. Garland finally turned the corner and Contreras got his head out of his butt and some guy named Bobby Jenks popped out of the penitentiary long enough to magically close a bunch of games. Their hitting, though, was definitely worse; they scored fewer runs and had worse ratios.

When you look at what Carlos Lee did as compared to what Scott Podsednik did, you can't argue that they made their team better with that trade. The team was worse, but a few young players played at a level they hadn't been at before (and at the right time) and it got them a Series.
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