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Dipoto: Stats are important mmkay?

Dipoto confirms what everyone here already knew. On Base Percentage is important. Statistical trends are also important. Welcome to the FO Jerry.

The Seitzer impact!

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The Seitzer impact!

Martin Manley Nails It: Royals Don't Have The Balls To Walk

The crux of Manley's argument: "If you are making the assumption that taking a walk is less a function of patience and more a function of pitcher fear, I can see where you care coming from. So, I decided to evaluate that question." You can guess what he finds. The Royals simply do not value taking pitches, walks, and OBP. And you can't blame it on pitchers fearing the Royals obvious lack of power. Novel? No. Not at all. We've all been arguing this for years here (and elsewhere). But Manley's critique is devastating nonetheless. Why? Because it's coming from the KC Star, which (other than Posnanski) has generally shilled KC success stories or unfounded hope. - TL

A wonderful image from THT (from this article) that compares Albert Pujols' OBP to the league...

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A wonderful image from THT (from this article) that compares Albert Pujols' OBP to the league average OBP. He is 2.5 standard deviations away from the mean.

Brandon Phillips and Hitting Philosophy

Joe Posnanski has a take on a Brandon Phillips quote about his approach to hitting. BP's thought is fairly predictable. But there's a must-see BP statistic that Pos brings to the table...

Counting Rocks: There are so many statistics....which one should I use?

Learn about wOBA, perhaps the best statistic yet to evaluate hitters, in an in-depth step-by-step explanation.

Thinking About OBP: Another Perspective

In thinking about OBP and current or prospective Royals players, perhaps we should think more about the virtues of near-HOFer Andre Dawson. Perhaps having a few Dawsons is what Dayton Moore sees when he pursues a line-up of mixed OBP guys? Here's an interesting quote from Rosenthal: Among more recently elected Hall of Famers, Eddie Murray was at .359, Reggie Jackson .356 and Dave Winfield .353 — OBPs that would not rank them among the top 50 active players. Meanwhile, Ryne Sandberg was at .344, Robin Yount .342, Cal Ripken .340 and Gary Carter .335 — not that much better than Dawson. - TL

Who's Left?: Center field and Shortstop

Last in the 'Who's Left' series that looks at the free agent market by position.

Who's Left?: Left and Right Field

The third installment in a series looking at the free agent market by position.

Who's Left?: Second and Third Basemen

Today we'll be checking out who's left on the free agent market at the positions of second and third base. This is the second installment in a series of posts that will be examining the free agent...

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