Sunday, March 09, 2008
Mickey Hatcher: Walks "A False Stat"
The Angels have four potential batting champions in their lineup, less of a curiosity than a necessity for an offense dependent on batting average. Although fans and analysts sometimes bemoan how few walks the Angels draw, batting coach Mickey Hatcher said the club does not evaluate its hitters on walks.I mean, I understand that there's a line between patience and passivity, one that Hee Seop Choi eventually crossed, but this sounds like Hatcher is just begging to be made fun of.
"That's a false stat," Hatcher said.
In the context of their high-contact, low-power offense, Hatcher explained, the relative lack of walks indicates less that the Angels are free swingers and more that opposing pitchers challenge them more often, because a fat pitch is not as likely to end up as a home run.
"If they're throwing strikes, we'll hit them. If they're not, we'll walk," Hatcher said. "But we don't have a lot of home-run threats.
"When you look at Detroit's lineup, they'll have a lot more walks, because they're a lot more dangerous."
"On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me. The problem we have to address more than anything is the home run problem."