03/12/2005

Wow

On the other hand, there is this encouraging article by Marc Lancaster in the Post. D’Angelo Jiminez is the subject, and I was surprised at a few nuggets, including this one:

When properly executed, though, such inactivity can be valuable. Adam Dunn demonstrated that last season, his 108 walks contributing heavily to a team-high 105 runs scored. Right on his heels when it came to patience as a batter’s-box virtue was D’Angelo Jimenez.

Though Lancaster clearly isn’t steeped in all the fine details of sabermetric analysis, he appears to have an open mind. And that gets him ahead of 99% of other sportswriters out there. Kudos to Marc.

And kudos to the Reds for the idea of putting Jiminez at leadoff. He certainly sounds like he understands what it takes to be an effective hitter:

To maximize the impact of those extra-base hits, people need to be on base in front of them. And Jimenez can do that job. His .364 on-base percentage last season was the best of his career, and he prides himself on taking his time.

“I’m not trying to rush, nobody’s waiting for me,” he said. “I’m trying to get the right pitch to get a hit or to get a walk.”

With a bunch of heavy hitters lined up behind Jimenez, a walk often is just as good as a hit — much to the delight of Little League pep-talkers everywhere, no doubt. So even when Jimenez isn’t making consistent contact and putting the ball in play as much as he would like, he still can be an asset.

Indeed.

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. The bad part of it though, Jimenez as a leadoff hitter had one of the worst OBP. Can anyone confirm this I remember hearing it. Like 3rd worst in the league. Freel had 2nd best when leading off. I know Freel won’t start, which is good, but I hope Jimenez can be effective.

  2. Yes, that is true, Jimenez had three batting order positions where he accumulated 100+ PA, 1st, 2nd, and 5th. And he was startling dismal at 1st and 2nd, and actually amazing when batting 5th.

    BO Pos. AB AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1st 173 .202 .310 .318 .628
    2nd 91 .242 .310 .330 .640
    5th 195 .313 .404 .467 .871

    Let’s hope that’s a sample size illusion, I’d be surprised if he fails to put up a .350 OBP at the top of the order this season, but it is something that is certainly worth keeping an eye on.

    Later,
    Tom

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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