In the book Moneyball, the Athletics front office talks about process. For example, they cared less about the result of a plate appearance than how the batter got to that result. They would rather have a batter take an outside pitch than swing at it and get a hit. By confining swings to the strike zone, batters increased their probability of getting on base, as contact was more likely to result in a hit, and walks would go up as batters refused to swing at balls.
Adam Dunn would likely be a player the Athletics would love. Look where he swings: …
March 1, 2011
A look at Adam Dunn’s Plate Discipline
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