FIRE JOE MORGAN: The War Against The War Against Strikeouts


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Thursday, March 29, 2007


The War Against The War Against Strikeouts

The front page of, at least right now, poses a terrible question: "So, how did Ryan Howard go from 151 Ks in 2003 to 58 HRs in 2006?"

The answer? By striking out even more. Howard struck out 181 times last year. And was awesome.

Strikeouts are not bad. One hundred and fifty one strikeouts are not bad. That same year (2003, in the minors), Howard also put up an OBP of 374 and slugged 514. He wasn't exactly crapping his pants at the plate.

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posted by dak  # 2:40 AM
Follow-up, of sorts, from the Olney chat today:

Sky (The Roc, NY): Buster, I enjoy everything you write and listening to you on the radio. But I have to call your use of Howard's 2003 strikeout total as evidence of a hole in his swing and then neglecting to mention his 2006 strikeout total...

Buster Olney: Sky -- In two years, with the adjustments, he made in his swing, he went from a Class AA question mark to NL MVP, hitting .355 in the second half, with a .751 slugging percentage and a .509 OBP. If you want to shoot holes in that with his strikeout total, that's your call.

Now I'm really confused. He didn't answer the question, right? (Or the statement, or whatever.)

Hard to pin this whole thing on Buster. Who knows who writes those frontpage teasers?

Anyway. Strikeouts: not that bad.
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