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Failing to deliver in the clutch

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By bleacherdave on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 12:26 pm:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gammons/story?id=2055896

Failing to deliver in the clutch
This is a rant about selfishness and a lack of concentration and a preference for arbitration over winning. It's about not scoring runners from third base with less than two outs.

"You've got agents whispering in players' ears about numbers," says Rangers manager Buck Showalter. "If a player comes up with a runner on third and one out and the infield's back, if he gives himself up and rolls a ground ball to second base, that's a negative at the arbitration table."

"Strikeouts have come to be the norm, an accepted norm," says Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "Guys too often want to hit the home run and forget that that run can win a game."

"I wish every player would study tapes of David Eckstein in that situation," says A's GM Billy Beane. "He will foul off a dozen pitches until he finally gets something he can get to the outfield to get the run home. It drives me crazy. Our players have heard me on this subject."

Why? Because when the A's left for their six-game swing through New York and Boston, they had come up with 42 runners on third base with fewer than two outs ... and 12 had scored. Pathetic. Eight teams had scored less than half of runners in that position.

The gap between the A's and the next worst team (.10 points) is 3x larger than the gap between any two other teams. Is this another unexpected manifestation of letting so many guys walk away - everybody is thinking about their next contract at the expense of the current team?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By finleyshero on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 12:37 pm:

Good point, except the biggest chump this season has been Chavez, and he's signed long term.

Also, if Beane is so in love with Eckstein, why didn't he acquire him instead of a do-nothing like Ginter?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By yc2578 on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 03:06 pm:

Eckstein signed a 3-year, $10.25 million deal. Ginger is on a 2-year, $1.8 million deal. And has Ginter played enough to call him a do nothing already?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By rocket on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 03:50 pm:

fans can call a player a do nothing after one at
bat, just depends on their level of frustration.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By diamond_lil on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 04:30 pm:

and the same player can go from being a do nothing to an mvp after one at bat also depending on their level of desperation.
that's the beauty of being a fanatic

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By finleyshero on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 04:33 pm:

Yes. Ginger is a good name for him. I believe he would do well on a desert island with the Professor and Gilligan by his side.

His .152 average and bundle of strikeouts certainly have no business in the Major Leagues.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By yc2578 on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 06:09 pm:

So hitting 33 homeruns as a platoon player the last two years has meant nothing?


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