On second thought, the universe is doomed
September 17, 2007 6 Comments
A few days ago, I was hopeful for the universe. Then, I read this interview with Blue Jays manager John Gibbons at Baseball Prospectus. This is one of those subscription-needed pieces. Because of that, I’ll respect BP’s copyright and simply summarize a few observations that I had on the piece.
- Gibbons identifies Alex Rios as a player who “could steal 30-40 bases.” Yet, Rios has a speed score (the ones I created) of 0.28, which rates him at “a little above average” (zero is average). Then, as an afterthought, he mentions Vernon Wells, who actually has a higher speed score (0.45). Now that’s knowing your personnel!
- Read his answer to the question on whether there is an organizational philosophy on running. Gibbons’ answer is a thing of ugly. If you can make heads or tails out of that paragraph, you win a cookie.
- He says that he wouldn’t bring his closer into the seventh inning. After all, who will pitch the ninth? (Remember, a closer does the same thing as a middle reliever. He just does it in the ninth inning!)
While I’m in the neighborhood, it looks like the ever-mysterious Player AR struck again last night in the Yankees-Red Sox game. Bases loaded, two outs, bottom of the ninth, down one run. Pop up to shallow center.