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  1. It's not impossible. Santiago is pulling up past third just before the ball reaches Moreland. Real-time camera switches do not lie. Even running through that sign, Santiago is half-way home when Moreland throws the ball from less than 90 feet.
  2. Hate Santiago for not being fast enough. Hate Kelly for hitting a ball that bounced straight to Cruz. Hate Cruz for launching a missile to Moreland. Don't hate Lamont for making the right play. Ramon would have been dead meat on home plate had he run that stop sign. Dead. Meat.
  3. I can not root for the Yankees under any circumstances.
  4. The last thing Yankee Fan wants is Tiger Fan putting his paw on his shoulder.
  5. I doubt that 1 in 1,000 college kids have even an inkling of what they want to study when they arrive there. They just want to be told what to do, so they can be told what to do after they graduate by somebody else. I cannot imagine how we have tolerated an educational system like this for the past 40-or-so years. So we have the hirers and the hired. The hired should not complain about this arrangement if their expectation is to simply "get a job after college." What a grand presumption that is. I tell kids to make their own jobs; they can create one perfectly suited for themselves. And everyone can be an entrepreneur, even if they work at a job.
  6. People do this without a facking clue what they are going to study first more often. And I mentioned nothing about college in my post in the first place.
  7. I tell kids to follow their hearts and not their pocketbooks. Do what you love to do and you will be wealthy. I think that the opportunty in this country, in spite of the economy, is virtually boundless, if people would look within for the answers rather than at anybody but themselves. Doing that is the start to reversing even the most dire of circumstances that I have read from the people posting their situations online.
  8. I wonder if Mickey Mantle's 535th home run was considered "clutch."
  9. I just love the fact that Yankee Fan can lament about all the times in this game their hitters failed them, the "if-onlys" they can replay in their minds for the next several decades. They were expecting to win that game; it was all there for the taking and then snatched away.
  10. Cabrera is 1.46, Martinez .69 and Inge .93 for 2011 in the "clutch" column. Seems this is a relative measurement against each player's individual "context-neutral" at bats. Makes more sense when you factor in WPA/LI for 2011. Cabrera: 5.46 Martinez: 2.46 Inge: -1.76 Cabrera is more often faced with higher leverage situations and delivers in them more consistenly than Inge or even Martinez. I needed to spend 15 minutes on Fangraphs to learn that one? The learning here is that Inge's .93 clutch rating is skewed by a smaller sample size due to his negative WPA/Li.
  11. McCarver needs a replacement, and Francona seems like the next best solution. I'd be worried if I were McCarver, because Francona might actually make sense in what he says.
  12. Who is this "Lee" person that everyone is slagging?
  13. What I said earlier in fewer words.
  14. Billy Martin relied on "The Hat" once. It worked for him.
  15. And hire more guys like Ron Darling. He so smaaaat.
  16. You yourself said that it's impossible for someone to understand the experience without experiencing it for themselves, so how are numbers going to help them understand? My answer is that the stats of a player are largely consistent in all situations.
  17. I brought this over from the Avila thread, because it fits here better. Originally Posted by Danjo Interesting article. But the straight numbers don't explain the "clutch" phenomenon. As I have said before, you can pad your numbers against mop up pitchers and in the box score it will look the same or better as the guy who hit a home run to win the game with 2 strikes and two outs. To be clutch is what sports are all about: rising to the occasion and dominating. Some people fear the spotlight and others excel under it. I'm pretty sure Magglio wanted to be the guy to hit a home run against Street to send the Tigers to the World Series. Some guys fear being the last out. I could not disagree more with this assertion when considering MLB-level players. Dusty Rhodes, Al Weis, Denny Doyle, Bernie Carbo, Bruce Kison, Cookie Lavagetto, Don Larsen--even your example of Ordonez--players who excelled in the brightest spotlight, but by no means considered as "clutch" ... whatever that means ... by anyone. The idea that "I'm going to perform differently because this is a 'clutch' situation" is a fallacy in my opinion.
  18. You began this discussion asking if there was a stat for "being clutch" and then you negate the entire concept of being able to measure it.
  19. Yogi Berra could not have said it any better.
  20. For consideration of the group. My opinion. Good and bad hitters hit generally the same in all circumstances and differences in LIPS averages is largely attributed to sample size. It's also too random to say that a Jim Northrup misplayed liner is "clutch," and a Willie McCovey line out is not. The Clutch Myth and Why We Buy Into It | Bleacher Report
  21. Heather can only do so much with the depleted farm system she inherited.
  22. You knee-jerk "Fire Nabozny" zombies: Who do you have in mind to replace her? You think the grass can always be greener.
  23. Gee and Smith are the core of that boil that will continue to fester until they are lanced out of it.
  24. byco42


    I wish that F1 would come back to Detroit.
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