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Friday, February 5, 2010

The Baseball Mind

By Robert Bulka

The game of baseball is one of statistics. You see the Major League Baseball Managers going through the numbers, analyzing pitcher/batter matchups, looking at the tendencies of each batter on both teams. Teams have their best scouts send ahead of them on road trips to scout out the next opponent.

The Baseball networks are fanatics for numbers and statiistics, sometimes meaningless numbers too! The baseball mind is one that completely understands the nuances in baseball. It is one that is always thinking ahead and being prepared for any scenario.

Here are some questions a Major League manager might be thinking when deciding to use a pinch hitter or not:

Is he a better hitter against righties than lefties?
Can he hit the off speed stuff?
Can he bunt?
Does he have trouble against this pitcher?
Does he have success against the guys in the bullpen?
Does he have the bat speed to get around on the pitches?
Is he smart at the plate?
Does he swing at the first pitch?
Does he have a tendency to strike out?
Is he a clutch hitter?
Who is up after the pinch hitter?
Who else do I have on the bench?
What opponent's pitchers are still available?

This is just a very simple example of the questions going through the mind of the manager when trying to decide if he should bring in a pinch hitter or not. Now, if you decided to go with the pinch hitter you also have to be ready for the opponent to make a counter move, like bringing in a righty pitcher to face the righty. But you were waiting for this and have a plan up your sleeve that can make the difference in the game. This is where the baseball mind comes through..

The baseball mind is one that is always thinking, analyzing, looking for that something that will get you an advantage. In today's game it is just amazing how you see things like the double switch, hit and run, run and hit, rotation play and other types of strategies the baseball minds have in their toolbag.

Learn more about the baseball mind

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