The young and the retired

Feeling sick, need sleep, short post…

3 thoughts on “The young and the retired”

  1. Okay, I’m going to make a guess on why Nook has a shot at the starting job in center: it’s the same reason that Leyland won’t name a favorite for the fifth spot.
    Say he gives Granderson the job out right, Nook settles in as the backup and… Leyland doesn’t not want Nook to settle in. He wants him fighting for a job, which means listening to coaches and working his tail off to improve. He may not start (probably not is my guess), but he will still be a better backup.

  2. Thanks for linking my article. Below is an excerpt of something that was printed in the Chicago Sports Review. Basically, the numbers show that when Podsednik was on first last year, other Sox hitters did better than normal. But just about all Sox hitters did better with a runner on first no matter who was on base.

    But what happened when Podsednik got on base for the Sox last year? Did the Sox batters do better with him on first, distracting the pitcher, etc? You bet they did. The two guys most likely to be up with Podsednik on first were Iguchi and Everett. Iguchi last year batted .271 with no runners on base while he batted .326 in situations when there was only a runner on first. Everett went from .197 to .333. Maybe that was due to Podsednik. But, many Sox players hit better with a runner on first as compared with no runners on. The first table below shows how the Sox regulars hit with no runners on base. I listed them in the lineup position that they were in the most. The second table shows how they each hit with a runner on first only.

    POS Player AVG SLG OBP
    1 Podsednik 0.294 0.361 0.359
    2 Iguchi 0.271 0.420 0.354
    3 Everett 0.197 0.357 0.258
    4 Konerko 0.293 0.548 0.380
    5 Rowand 0.238 0.367 0.297
    6 Dye 0.298 0.576 0.352
    7 Pierzynski 0.228 0.365 0.267
    8 Crede 0.217 0.419 0.265
    9 Uribe 0.238 0.408 0.304

    POS Player AVG SLG OBP
    1 Podsednik 0.324 0.366 0.351
    2 Iguchi 0.326 0.511 0.354
    3 Everett 0.333 0.561 0.392
    4 Konerko 0.300 0.542 0.354
    5 Rowand 0.339 0.478 0.339
    6 Dye 0.213 0.416 0.278
    7 Pierzynski 0.336 0.571 0.426
    8 Crede 0.333 0.507 0.352
    9 Uribe 0.296 0.444 0.329

    Notice that Joe Crede saw a huge increase in his stats with a runner on first. Who would have been on for him? Pierzynksi or Dye. Neither was hardly the stealing threat that Podsednik was. Outside of Podsednik, the Sox only stole 78 bases, with no one else having more than 16. Look at how much Rowand improved with a man on first. Who was distracting the pitcher for him, Konerko or Everett? Not likely. So we can

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