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Where's Coco Crisp? He's not in BP 2012....
I just get a little sick of the AL East focus on the world. All these teams made some real pickups, much more so than say the Reds, Cardinals, Braves, or Rockies. The AL East added Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, Chad Quals, et al. Look at the net gain of talent for this divison, and compare it with the other 5 divisions.
I am glad that I'm not a fan of the Orioles or Jays....this division is so spoiled. All the money, good players, and attention gravitates here. It is way past time to get some true parity in MLB.
"Taking more pitches" overall in a game or more "pitches per plate appearance(P/PA)"? Depending what the Royals manager meant makes a huge difference.
Of course the team seeing more pitches overall in a game usually wins because on average, they send more batters to the plate, get more runners on base, and score more runs. How many batters get to see pitches in 3 hitter with no walks? Only 30. On the other hand, when a team scores ten runs, at least the extra guys beyond minimum got to hit. So looking to see which team saw more pitches is basically a self-fulfilling phropecy of sorts. But they basically only see more overall pitches because more batters came to the plate.
Now, it would be interesing to see if the team that racks up a higher P/PA rate in a given game is more likely to win. That would tell us something important if the difference was statistically significant.
We need a little clarification here to see if what he is saying means anything. If, as I suspect, he is talking about overall number of pitches per game, that is about as obvious as saying that "we have found that the team which scores more runs in a given game ususally wins that game...."
No argument here: Rose bet on baseball while he was a manager. However, his contributions to baseball clearly merit HOF elecion.
Career highest in hits, games played, at bats, plate appearances, singles.
Second highest career in doubles, 5th most runs scored, 12th most walks.
Pete ended up with a .303 career batting average, .375 career OBP. He hit .300 or better fifteen (15)different times. He scored 100 runs in a season ten (10) times. Rose had ten (10) seasons with 200 or more hits, the most in MLB history. Pete had seven (7) seasons with at least 40 doubles.
Pete also holds the NL record for longest hitting streak. He won an MVP, and three world series rings, and over a dozen all-star appearances.
I simply just don\'t agree that betting on baseball, even on his own team (to win) negates all of that.
Let Pete in the Hall, but keep him out of organized baseball.