Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Manny in Decline?

David Pinto over at Baseball Musings has a short post up discussing the seeming decline in the skills of one Manny Ramirez. Honestly, I'm not really that worried about Manny. As the commenter Jason points out:

Hello? There's another, much more likely, explanation for the "decline": balls-in-play that usually find holes are currently being turned into outs. Manny is drawing walks and hitting HR's slightly above his career averages. And, on balls-in-play, he's making the sort of contact that JC's PrOPS system predicts would yield a 1.044 OPS. i.e. the problem isn't Manny's hitting ability; the problem is a short-sightedness in interpreting baseball statistics.

Manny WILL hit. I am more concerned about who we are going to get to close, and whether David Wells should be run out of town on a rail or simply tarred, feathered, and dropped off in New York.
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