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Randall Simon Made Me Do It! A Look at 1 Pitch At Bats

Randall Simon Made Me Do It! A Look at 1 Pitch At Bats

The internet is a beautiful thing. And among the most beautiful things on the WWW is baseball-reference.com. One of the recently added features to that site is a compilation of pitch data for each player. So, I can see how many strikes a player took. How many times he swung at the first pitch. Under a player's splits, I can see how many one pitch at bats he had. They have yet to compile that data to get summaries for each team (slackers). So, I've taken the time to start building up the database for the Dave Littlefield era Pirates. I've got 2002 and 2003 completed. And I also looked at Randall Simon's whole career. Not sure what there is to learn, but the data is intriguing.
The Fall of the House of Simon
I looked at every Randall Simon season in which he got 200 or more plate appearances. Although Simon often hacked at the first offering, his quick ABs were quite successful in his first couple of seasons. His career spiraled downward quickly when he was unable to maintain his high O...

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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