Back Again

I’m back from my vacation. I took a trip to the beach earlier in the summer, but that one didn’t take. I guess I knew I had too much work waiting for me when I got back. This trip was much more relaxing, and “I feel reborn, like a phoenix rising from Arizona,” as Frank Costanza would say. Kyle and John did some fantastic work while I was gone. I’m sure they’ll be willing to pop back in from time to time to share their ideas. I enjoyed reading my own blog for a change and wondering what would be posted. Good work guys. Here are a few random thoughts for the day.

  • Strikeouts don’t cause power and power doesn’t necessarily cause strikeouts. We often observe power hitters striking out a lot because to succeed as a major league player with a propensity to whiff, you have to make up for it in other ways. Power is a very valuable asset to have. The correlation between Ks and HRs may just be a product of natural selection. Adam Dunn is good player despite his strikeouts, not because of them. However, if you think Dunn is not a good player because he strikes out you’re ignoring all the good things he does to make up for his deficiency. Does this mean Dunn should try to strike out less? I’m not sure. It may be that changing his approach to avoid strikeouts may harm his on-base and power abilities. Or, it could make him the best hitter in baseball history.
  • Shonk over at Selling Waves, which for some reason is not on the blogroll — I’ll be fixing that, has an interesting take on the Larry Krueger/Felipe Alou situation.
  • Stupid Rafael Palmeiro. What on earth was this guy thinking? Either someone slipped him something or he’s not very bright. I’m going with the latter. In my capacity as a teacher I have encountered many incidences of cheating. Almost every single one of them involved the party just being not so bright. My favorite incident was a “broken” arm that prevented the student from taking my test on its assigned day. The student apparently forgot about the excuse, because the individual showed up to class without the cast the next day and took notes with the “broken” arm. I’m still not sure what this student was trying to do, possibly hoping for a sympathy D-. Now, I’m sure that there are plenty of smart people who get away with cheating in life, but I suspect that most people who cheat in life are short a few IQ points. These are people who have the most to gain from cheating. So, maybe Palmeiro is just dim.
  • Check out the latest addition to Baseball-Reference. Congrats to Sean and Sylvia!

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