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Jeremy Hellickson, BABIP, and the divide between playing and analyzing

Jeremy Hellickson, BABIP, and the divide between playing and analyzing

In yesterday’s Tampa Bay Times, Marc Topkin talked with Jeremy Hellickson and Rays manager Joe Maddon about Hellickson’s insanely low .223 Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) allowed in 2011. This has been a continuing discussion in Rays-land over the offseason, as many have questioned Hellickson’s ability to sustain his 2011 performance without racking up some more strikeouts. It is the type of article we have seen many times before. A reporter asks a player about a non-mainstream stat that reflects negatively on that player’s performance and the player brushes it off, saying that he does not and will not give that particular statistic the time of day. Generally, these types of articles send off ripples of scorn through the more sabermetrically inclined areas of the internet, with people asserting that the particular player involved should be more open to new ways of thinking.

This type of occasion often leads me to consider the disconnect between analysts and players, and how ...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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