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April 01, 2004
BASEBALL: Spring Infatuations

Jon Weisman has some cogent suggestions for making spring training stats more meaningful. Personally, while I'd like to see this, I don't pay attention to spring stats unless they're real outliers, like a guy with a 12.00+ ERA or something, or a pitcher (such as Aaron Heilman this season) with a newly impressive K/BB ratio.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 07:07 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

That suggests that teams should not be making roster decisions based on spring training performance, which in turn suggests that spring training games are a waste of time except as a way to get players game ready--and they probably don't need 30 games to do that.

Posted by: MWS at April 1, 2004 10:41 AM

Teams shouldn't abandon their preseason plans based on spring training performance. If there's a close battle for a job, especially involving minor leaguers the manager hasn't seen before, it's not a terrible idea to consider the spring results. But I agree that more games are played than there is really a need for.

Posted by: The Crank at April 1, 2004 12:40 PM

Spring training is like practice or exhibition. Why would anyone care what the stats are. Unless you think David McCarty's race for 50 homers is on.

Posted by: Jack Tanner at April 2, 2004 08:09 AM
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