]I may be going out on a limb here, but I think Nomar will put up good numbers because he is a good player who has put up good numbers in the past and will be hitting in a good lineup.[/quote
Nomar´s game has been in decline the past few year as he´s not the next .400 guy people tought he´d be. He one of the best SS in the MLB and all im saying is that a little motivation might help improve those already good numbers
It's been demonstrated time and again that the "contract year effect" does not exist
I dont think this can be demonstrated. I never said contract years bring up better numbers, im saying it brings up more motivation. You gonna tell me Miguel tejada was bored last season when he started like 0 for the century? Im pretty sure he was motivated and that sometimes can work against you. Its pressure thats all. I dont need numbers to tell me youre more motivated when youre playing for a contract or for spot in the playoffs than in 2º year of your fat contract or for a team that was out of it by July.
And by the way, ill take the quote over your facts anytime cause they were uttered by a coach who won 2 world series and knows much more about baseball that any of us ever will, so a little more respect for Sparky, ok?