Comments on: Paul Konerko is crushing it at age 35 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Mike Felber http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419/comment-page-1#comment-142357 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 03:35:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14419#comment-142357 Very Good Advice from John Austin & BSK. Just re-reading my own last post without knowing my real intent, I could assume I was dissing Andy & DOF, when what I referred to was subtle, & would require a careful reading & realizing a connection. I took a sarcastic statement by DOF, & meant to use it as a springboard to say both guys were very good on the issue.

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By: BSK http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419/comment-page-1#comment-141947 Sun, 28 Aug 2011 01:43:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14419#comment-141947 JA-

I think we all do. It is something I literally need to vocalize to myself, out loud, to have any chance of adhering to it. But I do think, if we all strove to do it at least half the time, things would be a wee bit better.

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By: Timothy P. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419/comment-page-1#comment-141915 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 22:39:43 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14419#comment-141915 Am I in the twilight zone?

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419/comment-page-1#comment-141871 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 18:59:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14419#comment-141871 BSK, that is a good practice -- and I'm one of those who needs to be reminded of it.

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By: BSK http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419/comment-page-1#comment-141870 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 18:52:47 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14419#comment-141870 JA-

In that spirit, one of the community norms we try to emphasize at work is to assume positive intent. Before jumping down someone's throat, assume they meant the best by what they said/did and then address the issue. It makes a world of difference. Of course, it's hard as hell to do.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419/comment-page-1#comment-141844 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 17:51:37 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14419#comment-141844 Without taking any sides, I'd like to harp on a favorite theme: It is really easy for the intended tone of a written post to be misconstrued, especially on emotional subjects. We sometimes take for granted all the nuance that is conveyed in speech that is often lost when the same words are simply written out.

Having both given and taken offense many a time in this fashion, I hope I don't sound like an armchair therapist by saying that, before taking umbrage at written words, it's a good idea to ask, "It sounds like you meant X; did you really mean X?"

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By: Mike Felber http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419/comment-page-1#comment-141825 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:50:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14419#comment-141825 Well I could see that DOF-it seems you were responding to only the 1st comment of many comments from Andy, yes harshly, & at least I can see how you could be offended, & Andy seemed to indicate only in that single post a lack of compassion that just does not represent how he feels. Though "imposing" an ethic would be demanding, say, that you are covered by some rule that limits your basic freedom. What we all are doing here is debating.

On this issue of sensitiviity & understanding of suicidal folks apparently neither of you are superior

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By: Kimbal http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419/comment-page-1#comment-141821 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:39:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14419#comment-141821 Also, a very smart hitter deliberately attempts to avoid hitting into the double play by going to right field and not overswinging. If you have played baseball you know that a right-handed hitter who overswings will very often hit a groundball to short. This is a typical scenario for a double play, 6-4-3. This is another symptom of a smart hitter who is intentional with each at bat.

Defensively Konerko is an expert at fielding throws from infielders and doubtless saves many errors for the other infielders. His range is not much and his arm is not that great, so he would have been an increasingly poor third sacker who would have had to move to first base anyway. Remember Tony Perez played third for awhile before the Reds traded Lee May away and moved him across the diamond. Konerko is roughly as good a hitter as Perez and possibly even better. But TP played on an epic team, played forever and had a reputation for being a clutch hitter. In fact he was just a guy who came up with many baserunners on board for him to knock in. He was a fine clubhouse leader but I have to say Perez has as much business being in the Hall as does Jim Rice, which is to say NOT. The Reds are my other favorite team so I loved Perez but not sure he really belongs in the Hall.

I know this much, if I can have the career of Rice for my team or that of Konerko I would definitely take Konerko instead of the vastly overrated Rice.

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By: Kimbal http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419/comment-page-1#comment-141818 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:26:15 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14419#comment-141818 As a White Sox fan for many years, I can tell you why Konerko doesn't have a thing to do with PEDs. He is probably as smart a hitter as there is in baseball. He doesn't waste an at-bat and almost never wastes a pitch. He looks to hit the ball to the right side with men on base, simply seeking to move the runners up and hopefully score one or two of them. He looks to hit a flyball with a man on third and less than two out. When no one is on or if he is well ahead in the count he looks for a specific pitch and, if he gets it, he will crush it. He just splits the plate in half or fourths and only swings at the area he has pre-selected when he has the count in his favor. Therefore he is succeeding because he has learned the art of hitting and driving in runners. With men on base he just looks to get the ball driven over the infield or at least to the opposite field.

As long as he has the reflexes to pull a fastball into the left field stands, which may be for another couple of years, he'll be a force. Once he has to begin to cheat to get that fastball, he'll become a sub-.250 hitter and his power will degrade and then that will be the end. The Cell is friendly to power hitters so I predict two more years of good production...not because of drugs...because he is smart enough to have become an expert hitter.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14419/comment-page-1#comment-141805 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 15:34:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14419#comment-141805 There certainly was an inference although I suspect you meant to say implication. I didn't specifically address my feelings about Flanagan because I knew it would be a hot-button topic. When the conversation went there I ultimately shared my thoughts that I have a deep sympathy for most people who commit suicide. I hesitated to say it because I knew many would object. Little did inexpect to get flogged by an opposing viewpoint for NOT saying it. The odd thing here is I think you and I fundametly strongly agree on suicide and depression issues.

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