Is it good baseball strategy or a weak attempt to win?

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  1. Rodimus Prime

    Rodimus Prime Sola Gratia, Sola Fide TFW2005 Supporter

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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/rick_reilly/08/07/reilly0814/1.html
     
  2. drippy

    drippy is a freethinker.

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    The answer is a resounding yes, intentionally walk the star hitter.

    This whole article is a weak attempt to come up with a story when there isn't one.

    Why? Because sound baseball strategy entails walking the star hitter no matter who's batting behind him in the situation described.

    Thumbs down to SI.
     
  3. Big Nine

    Big Nine <font color= pink><b>Pink Soul<br>'Weak Humanoid G Veteran

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    Well at least the kid has the right idea.
     
  4. FreshDebesh

    FreshDebesh <b><font color=brickred>oye chak de phatte!</font> Veteran

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    Case closed. Next.
     
  5. Rodimus Prime

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    I don't agree with S.I. I just posted it to see what every thought. :p 
     
  6. ChldsPlay

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    What the hell is the point in the kid even being in the league if they don't want him to play?
     
  7. Tenebrouser

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    You're not going to find too much sympathy for walking the star and going after the weaker hitter. Nothing personal, it's just how the game is played.
     
  8. Optimus Scourge

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    I feel sorry for the kid and all, but, it is what it is-baseball strategy. doesn't matter who it is. I watch it happen to David Ortiz almost daily...and he's got a star in Manny Ramirez behind him...It's baseball.
     
  9. Razerwire

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    Unintentionally intentionally walk the star batter... :p 
     
  10. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    The kid had a near fatal disease. He should already be well aware that life sucks.

    So why bitch about striking out? How about "F the intentional walk, I'm just happy I'm fucking alive."
     
  11. Kickback

    Kickback Proud father Administrator Super Mod News Staff

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    They should have beaned the cancer kid.
     
  12. butz

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    Sorry if this sounds cold hearted or something, but if he can barely swing a bat then why is he playing on a baseball team?
     
  13. Kickback

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    Honestly?

    The coach of the Red Sox team probably thought it'd be great publicity.
     
  14. butz

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    What, hoping the kid would humiliate himself so he could put himself on the cross? I wouldn't doubt it.
     
  15. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    Because we live in a society that has become more concerned about protecting people's "feelings" instead of exposing them to the truths of the real world.
     
  16. Kickback

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    I meant because if they won, it's a "feel good" story. If they lose, it's a human interest story.

    Either way, the kid is a walking interest story.
     
  17. BigPrime3000

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    BINGO

    Sucks for the kid, but it seems like he's had a lot more suck in his life than striking out. All that matters in little league is that the kids who can actually make the team get to play, doesn't matter if they can play well and win games or not.
     
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    The real problem was the lineup. You don't put the worst hitter behind the best hitter. You put a pretty good hitter behind the best hitter so he has some protection. The real bad guys in this story are the moron coaches who set the lineup. If it had been done correctly, there would not have been a controversy.
     
  19. misterd

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    If at that moment the most important thing was winning, then yeah, walk the kid.

    If the most important thing is to have fun playing a game, don't.

    Given the league rules this is more of a "have fun playing" league than a "go for the throat and win at any cost" league. But that's my very distance reading of it.

    The coach was pretty well screwed no matter which decision he made.
     
  20. misterd

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    Probably the best point made so far. By putting together his lineup in this manner, he should have known that he'd set up this situation.
     

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