View Full Version : Great article by Dan McGrath
07-18-2009, 10:28 PM
This (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-19-baseball-changes-jul19,0,2138854.story) is a fantastic read. McGrath explains and interprets the upsurge in teams starting to emphasize and value speed in addition to raw power.
07-19-2009, 12:35 AM
No one's ever avoided speed when building a team; the problem is, there are very few guys who can hit for power that are fast, and hitting well is more important than being fast ("You can't steal first yada yada yada").
Using the Uptons, who are just ridiculously talented in all phases of the game, as an example is a bit disingenuous. Every team in history would have gladly signed either Upton brother, just like they would have signed Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr, Barry Bonds, Joe Morgan, and other similar five-tool players.
A better question would be if the market value of speed has decreased enough recently to the point where it's smarter/more efficient to build a team with more fast guys and fewer powerful guys, but that's not really being explored here.
EDIT: I'm not saying it's a bad article, just that it's an easy one to write, and it doesn't really require any real analysis.
07-19-2009, 11:17 PM
He included Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron in his list of speed and power guys. Power, yes.
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