Coppermine wrote:Tavish wrote:Coppermine wrote:It was a little annoying at first. I thought maybe Joe was developing a sexual crush on Sheffield; but then, around 4th inning of the game, Joe backtracked. He decided that Bonds was the "most feared hitter in baseball." But then he said that Bonds doesn't really count because 'pitchers' are so afraid of him they walk him.
Joe Morgan's reasoning is simply astounding at times.
"Joe, who do you think was the greatest boxer of all time?"
Joe: "I would say Muhammed Ali, but he won so many fights that he really doesn't count."
Obviously you could make a connection between how many times a hitter walks and how feared they are by pitchers. This has to do with other factors, including protection in the lineup, which Bonds doesn't have much of these days.
But Morgan's rationale was that Sheffield was "most feared" because he's always looking to crush the ball. OK, that's clever... a lot of players are always looking to crush the ball. Ortiz and Hafner were mentioned. Ryan Howard tries, if he can make contact that is. Pujols is always sitting on that fastball.
Don't get me wrong, Sheffield is a fine player and he would scare the crap out of me if he were angry, or if I decided to throw beer on him from the outfield stands. But I think Morgan read Sheffield's new book like it was a Hustler magazine.
Ichiro led the AL in intentional walks in 2002 and 2004...