The War Against Strikeouts

Posted: 26th September 2009 by Joe Regan in MLB
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Ask any little leaguer what's the worst result of an at bat, and they will most likely tell you the same thing: "strikeout". For as long as we have been fans of the game, we have, in some way, thought of the strikeout as a badge of shame. We have used strikeouts to bash players like Adam Dunn and Carlos Pena, and lack of strikeouts to applaud Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco. It is still, to many, the worst thing a batter can do. Which brings us to the new single season strikeout king, Mark Reynolds. Entering tonight (9/25), Reynolds has already set the bar at 208, with nine team games still to go. Nice fact, right? So, what's the issue? This is. ESPN has made an issue of it. Many analysts on ESPN are now in the process of painting Reynolds as an all-or-nothing, Dave Kingman type. Unfortuna ...

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