Comments on: Long Beginnings http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2030 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2030/comment-page-1#comment-8266 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 04:22:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2030#comment-8266 I don't think most major leaguers purposely foul off pitches to tire out the pitcher. I do think some foul off pitches they can't handle, and yes I agree that is a skill which lesser players do not have.

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2030/comment-page-1#comment-8263 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 02:22:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2030#comment-8263 Someone told me not too long ago that she (yes, she) thought that the one thing that sets major leaguers apart from all other levels, even AAA, is the ability to keep fouling off pitches, presumably to tire out the pitcher.

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By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2030/comment-page-1#comment-8258 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:14:36 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2030#comment-8258 That's a pretty good composite batting line. If I calculated correctly, a .450 OBP and a .500 SLG. Leading off the game, a walk truly is as good as a single, so the low BA doesn't really matter. And all the K's are no worse than any other out. Obviously it's a miniscule sampling of PAs, but these long beginnings definitely appear to pay off for the offense.

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