2012 Reds / Reds - General / Trade Deadline / Willy Taveras OBP Watch

Juan Pierre, no thanks. Shane Victorino, much better.

Buster Olney from ESPN tweeted last night that the Reds have shown interest in Phillies OF Juan Pierre. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports reported last week that the Reds had kicked the tires on Phillies CF Shane Victorino. Presumably, the Reds primary interest in either player would be as a rental lead-off hitter. Neither player is signed … Continue reading

2010 Reds / Corey Patterson OBP Watch / Orlando Cabrera OBP Watch / Willy Taveras OBP Watch

On Dusty Baker

So Joe Sheehan — who I really like as a baseball writer — has written an article for Sports Illustrated extolling the virtues of Dusty Baker. Or not: In his last seven seasons as a manager, Baker’s questionable personnel choices, including an abiding love for veterans, and his refusal to prioritize on-base percentage over other … Continue reading

2008 Reds / 2009 Reds / 2010 Reds / Corey Patterson OBP Watch / Dusty's Lineup Shenanigans / Willy Taveras OBP Watch

“Thou shalt not clog the bases,” declared the Dusty one!

It isn’t a difficult concept to understand: your leadoff hitter needs to get on base at a good clip so that the big bats behind him can drive him home. Well, take a look at this disaster: Dusty Baker’s primary leadoff hitters: [table id=23 /] No, it isn’t difficult to understand, but Dusty Baker is … Continue reading

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Hitters’ Decline Arc is Changing

Until recently, most studies had shown that a hitter’s peak seasons occurred between ages 25-29. However, in the past few years, some studies have indicated that peak may now occur between ages 26-30, which can have some free agent and player performance implications. Teams have “control” over most players for only a certain period of … Continue reading