Hall of Fame debate is awful, and I try to avoid it as much as I can. But since I’m a Cardinals fan, I see a lot of petitioning for Scott Rolen. He wouldn’t make my Hall, but it’s admittedly bizarre that a clearly inferior player like Omar Vizquel is lapping him in the voting.
Timing is an oft-neglected aspect of baseball, partly because there’s no stat for it and partly because we only see swings from center field on TV. Still, baseball is a three-dimensional game, and we need to consider depth in addition to height and width.
The great thing about baseball is that it’s as simple or complicated as you want it to be. I’ll always love passively watching ballgames, but I’ve been doing that for a decade, and I feel like I know almost nothing about what I’m actually seeing.
On its face, it’s an easy question. You could look at who leads the league in walks or even check who swings outside the zone the least over any given span, but you probably didn’t need to pull up any Fangraphs leaderboards to answer it. And yet, if you said Joey Votto, you were dead wrong.