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Modest Proposal
April 01, 2013
Chances are good that the Rockies will finish last in the NL West, thanks to one of the worst pitching staffs in the league at any altitude. To give his team a puncher's chance, rookie manager Walt Weiss should take a peek at his ring finger and remember how he earned that jewelry. The 1989 A's, for whom Weiss was a second-year shortstop, finished fourth in the league in runs scored while playing in a pitchers' park, and they did it without throwing away outs on bunting. The A's laid down just 36 sacrifice bunts, a bit more than one a week, one of the lowest totals in the AL that year. Weiss's Rockies are going to have to win games 8--7 and 10--8, and to do that they can't trade single outs for single bases outside of very specific late-inning situations. Under Jim Tracy in 2012, Rockies position players were second in the NL with 33 sacrifices. That's a ridiculous figure for a team playing in a park in which the league hit .306/.366/.501. Weiss needs to play for big innings and not give away outs; he won't win another ring that way, but it might get his team out of the cellar.
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April 01, 2013

Modest Proposal

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Chances are good that the Rockies will finish last in the NL West, thanks to one of the worst pitching staffs in the league at any altitude. To give his team a puncher's chance, rookie manager Walt Weiss should take a peek at his ring finger and remember how he earned that jewelry. The 1989 A's, for whom Weiss was a second-year shortstop, finished fourth in the league in runs scored while playing in a pitchers' park, and they did it without throwing away outs on bunting. The A's laid down just 36 sacrifice bunts, a bit more than one a week, one of the lowest totals in the AL that year. Weiss's Rockies are going to have to win games 8--7 and 10--8, and to do that they can't trade single outs for single bases outside of very specific late-inning situations. Under Jim Tracy in 2012, Rockies position players were second in the NL with 33 sacrifices. That's a ridiculous figure for a team playing in a park in which the league hit .306/.366/.501. Weiss needs to play for big innings and not give away outs; he won't win another ring that way, but it might get his team out of the cellar.

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