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- how many outs they made in at-bats (AB-H) +
- caught stealing +
- sacrifice flies +
- sacrifice bunts.
Finally, since there are generally 27 outs in a game, we can figure out how many runs each player would create in an average game.
Remember the Bugs Bunny cartoon where the announcer says "Playing first base - Bugs Bunny. At second base - Bugs Bunny," etc.? Well, using this method we can find out how many runs a lineup full or Torii Hunters would score. They would average about 7.5 runs per game. And probably be alll over the field catching balls just like Bugs was.
(Incidentally, the Twins are averaging 5.07 runs/game this year).
Fun, huh? If you're a reular reader, you may want to bookmark this column, becaue I expect that Runs Created will become something I'll work with often, similar to my handy-dandy new favorite toy.
A few days ago, TwinsGeek published an organizational overview of catchers written by Doug Hennessee. I meant to comment on a couple of its points, but forgot, so I'd like to go back to it:
- Doug suggests that Tom Prince might not return next year, since his option is held by the Twins at $450,000. I think Tom Prince probably will return next year. With his $50,000 buyout plus the $200,000 minimum salary they would have to pay another catcher, they only save $200,000 by not renewing, and that's hardly worth the risk of an unknown commodity.
Also, Prince is right-handed and Twins brass may feel that he compliments the left-handed A.J. Pierzynski well. This isn't really true for two reasons. First, AJ has become MUCH better against left-handers than he was last year (702 OPS in 2002 vs 344!! OPS in 2001). The second reason, of course, is that Prince is equally inept from each side of the plate (616 career OPS), though he's doing better this year.
- I think he's dead on about Matt LeCroy almost never seeing time at catcher next year. He may very well end up as DH if the Twins decide they can't afford Ortiz. Ortiz may be the biggest question mark for next year.
- Finally, I suspect he's right about the Twins attempting to sign Pierzynski to a long term deal this offseason. Whether or not that's a good idea depends on how much Pierzynski and his agent want. If they are asking for a four year deal, or if they are asking for market value, the Twins might as well just let him go to arbitration for the next three years. If, on the other hand, he's willing to sacrifice a million or two a year for a guaranteed three year contract, it would make sense.
- Finally, I want to thank Doug once again for the analysis. When trying to figure out the choices this organization will make over the next couple years, this kind of background is invaluable.
- The Twins face the Orioles tonight. Last week, I asked for impressions from Cleveland fans regarding Mike Hargrove. The most succinct response I got that Minnesota Sports fans was:
In a (couple of) words...Dennis Green.
Great regular season coach, not good on post-season. Actually, the biggest
criticism is that he is too much of a "by-the-book" type of manager and
doesnot do enough on instinct or hunches.
I think I disagree with that a little. Sure Minnesotans thought Green personally failed in the playoffs. But it wasn't because Green was "by-the-book". It was because Green:
- Became ultra-conservative in big games in almost every facet (game plan, play calling, etc.)
- Made bone-headed tactical decisions during big games - completely not "by the book".
- Refused to ever accept any accountability for losses in big games.
As a Vikings fan, I can certainly relate to Tribe fans who were frustrated their team never won the big one. And they certainly paid more attention than I to their team's wins/losses. But I still think that the blame for the Tribe never winning the championship that the team and city deserved falls squarely on the shoulders of John Hart, who never came through with a Schilling or RJ when he easily could have.
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* OPS = OBP+SLG or On-Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage. It is used to represent a player’s production as a hitter. For a defensive position, such as middle infielder, an OPS of 750-800 would be pretty good. For a hitting position, like first base, an OPS of 900 would be about what you want.
On-Base Percentage refers to the percentage of times a player gets on base via a hit or a walk. It differs from Batting Average because walks are counted just like singles.
Slugging Percentage measures a player’s power and is equal to Total Bases divided by number of At-Bats. It differs from Batting Average in that a double counts as two singles.
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