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Offline Kevrock

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #525: June 04, 2012, 05:52:12 PM »
This Zimmerman GIDP thing has jumped the shark.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #526: June 04, 2012, 10:24:30 PM »
Movie reference

The Other Guys

Aaah!

It's a good joke.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #527: June 04, 2012, 11:57:22 PM »
Boswell on the play at third:

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On the Harper play, which several people mention, let me say this: At the time, I thought, like you, that Harper's decision wasn't all that bad and going for 3rd w one out a not-unusual gamble.

However, the Nats themselves disagreed w me/you! Johnson, 50 yrs in baseball, clearly considered it a mistake and Harper agreed. Davey NEVER says, "Mistake," especially with a young player, unless it absolutely is. The easy way out __"aggressive play, took a perfect throw"__ was available to him. DJ even said he'd taken Harper aside to explain it during the game.

His analysis __game situation dictates. The 3-4-5 hitters were coming up in the 5th inning of a 3-2 game. The point isn't that 3-4-5 aren't hitting well. It's that they are 3-4-5 and you never know when they WILL hit. But they are your best. And in the middle innings, you may need a crooked-number inning to win the game eventually, not just gamble to tie it up. So, you have to make third "easily" or you shouldn't go.

It's a little mistake, based on a subtle situational analysis. But Johnson thinks it's also a clear mistake. I keep learning, too. Just the proverbial "detail" of the game. One of the small things they need to learn __and Harper is a sponge.

Looking at with that explanation (which may have been made by others on here, apologies if that's the case), I'll concede the point.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #528: June 05, 2012, 01:55:13 AM »
Pebble Hunting
 
Bryce Harper's Toughest At-Bats
 
by Sam Miller

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=17224

Go read this yourself, this is open for non-subscribers.  And I do mean, GO READ THIS. 



Great article, these baseball nerds are fantastic

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #529: June 05, 2012, 10:55:03 AM »
He has hit 4 3B, not 7. He has a lot of 2b's because he is a dumb baserunner.


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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #530: June 05, 2012, 02:14:35 PM »
This Zimmerman GIDP thing has jumped the shark.

I hope he dials up two GIDP tonight just for you.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #531: June 05, 2012, 02:18:28 PM »
I hope he dials up two GIDP tonight just for you.

If he pairs that with a double and a homer, more power to him

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #532: June 05, 2012, 02:18:57 PM »
I hope he dials up two GIDP tonight just for you.

I know you would, because that would help the Marlins leapfrog us. :lol:

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #533: June 05, 2012, 02:39:30 PM »
If he pairs that with a double and a homer, more power to him

4 AB: 2 GIDP, 1 6-4, 1 strikeout looking with the bases loaded and the Nats down by 1 in the bottom of the 9th.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #534: June 05, 2012, 03:59:01 PM »
^ NANF and DAMF

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #536: June 05, 2012, 04:05:22 PM »
^ NANF and DAMF

:nono:

BGSF, yes.  DAMF, no.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #537: June 05, 2012, 04:07:09 PM »
I can dig Harper's walk up song
 

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #538: June 05, 2012, 04:24:55 PM »
What a bad walk-up song.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #539: June 05, 2012, 04:48:29 PM »
What a bad walk-up song.

Bad as in good, or bad as in bad?

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #540: June 05, 2012, 04:57:55 PM »
At least its not the Three 6 Mafia version.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #541: June 05, 2012, 11:54:09 PM »
Might have jizzed when that ball landed...

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #542: June 06, 2012, 12:06:56 AM »
Mark Zuckerman ‏@MarkZuckerman

Bryce Harper, by the way, is the 1st teenager with a walk-off hit in #MLB since Gary Sheffield on 9/9/88.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #543: June 06, 2012, 12:08:10 AM »
I can't wait till he's 20.

Offline aussienatsfan

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #544: June 06, 2012, 12:14:11 AM »
I can't wait till he's 20.

Not worried about him regressing as he gets older?

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #545: June 06, 2012, 12:24:27 AM »
It's truly scary to think about how good he is going to be.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #546: June 06, 2012, 01:18:32 AM »
Not worried about him regressing as he gets older?

The clock is ticking real fast on his SF old guy expiration date.

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #547: June 06, 2012, 07:09:26 AM »
I can't wait till he's 20.

He'll be past spoprtsnyan's definition of "prime of his career."

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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #548: June 06, 2012, 08:18:29 AM »
 :crackup:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=17262

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Bryce Harper and the Disappearing Phiten Necklace
 
by Sam Miller, Baseball Prospectus
 
These are simply three unrelated items that should be in the public record somewhere.
 
1. Monday, I wrote about Bryce Harper’s toughest at-bats. One was against Kenley Jansen, in late April, and another was against Jonny Venters, in late May. In the first one, Bryce Harper was wearing a Phiten magic necklace, and in the second one he was not. Somewhere between late April and late May, Bryce Harper either realized magic necklaces aren’t real, or he decided that they are real but they don’t work on his particular body chemistry, or he lost his. Magic necklaces obviously are real, and they obviously do work, no duh, or else why would all these athletes (and bat boys, and managers, and fans) wear them? I know what you’re probably going to say, but let me reiterate: Uh no duh.

 So let’s figure out when Bryce Harper quit wearing it. I went through every game that produced a highlight of Bryce Harper on MLB.com, which is every game he has played in except two games. I’m going to assume that, when he wore one, it was visible, not tucked in; if I were to allow otherwise, this exercise would be impossible, and he wore it prominently when he did wear it, so I don’t think he’s a tucker. (But what if he’s wearing a bracelet? If he’s wearing a bracelet then we just have to live with our mistake.)

 We have these stages of Bryce Harper:
 
April 28 through May 4: Phiten necklace wearer
 May 5 through May 16: Occasional Phiten necklace wearer
 May 17 through present: Not a Phiten necklace wearer
 
He wore the necklace on May 13 (pink, for Mother's Day) and May 16, but otherwise had a bare neck after May 5. (The two games with no Harper highlights, and excluded from this, are May 19 and May 28.)

 It’s a total of eight games with, and 22 games without, and a total of 33 plate appearances with and 95 plate appearances without. (It's okay to use pseudoscientific sample sizes if you're evaluating pseudoscientific necklaces.) Now, scared of what I might find, I’m going to do the sums.

 With the necklace, he has nine hits, five of them for extra bases, but no home runs. He has no stolen bases and was caught once. Without the necklace, he had 24 hits, 11 of them for extra bases, five of them over the wall. He has stolen two bases and been caught once. He has smashed his own face with a bat.

 With the necklace, he has struck out every 5.5 plate appearances. Without, he has struck out every 7.3 plate appearances. But he walked more (every 6.6 plate appearances) with the necklace than without (every 7.9). And his overall slash stats:
 
With: .333/.424/.555
Without: .293/.389/.585
 
So he traded 25 points of OBP for 30 points of slugging. Not a great trade-off, on the field. On the other hand, he’s not giving away one of the most marketable brands in sports (Bryce Harper) for a pro bono endorsement of something really stupid.


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Re: The Bryce Harper Compendium
« Reply #549: June 06, 2012, 09:04:37 AM »
harper / zimm chest bump last night was awesome.