In this interview on WIP Radio, Mike Schmidt references walk rates and strike out rates quite a bit when discussing Ryan Howard. He also talks about the importance of not wasting outs.
“Capt. Tugger reporting for duty, sir.”
This is spot on and worth repeating.
Ben Revere MIGHT hit a home run this year.
Ben Revere is the Phillies starting centerfielder in 2013 and he has yet to hit a home run in any of his 1,064 plate appearances in the big leagues.
In his defense, Revere played half of his games in the large Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. This year, he will play half of his games at Citizens Bank Park, a much more homer-prone field and if you take all of his 2012 batted balls in play and overlay them on an image of Citizens Bank Park, you’ll see that of those batted balls, a double had enough oomph to be a home run at the Bank.
And if all else fails, Halladay joked that Chase Utley has given him some advice.
“Chase suggested drilling a few guys this year, so I might mix that in,” he said.
Jim Caple at ESPN.com does an excellent job of pointing out —in very simple terms— the case against using WAR as the end all, be all statistic to evaluate baseball players, while still pointing out the value in it.