Virtuous Patience: The Importance of the Walk, Part 1

Posted: 19th September 2009 by Andrew Kneeland in MLB
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"A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else." - George Savile Modern media controls how the average fan views the game of baseball. When they say that, "90 percent of the game is pitching," we tend to believe them. When they say that a player "is on a hot streak," we accept that as fact. When they say, "this guy is great at working the count," we assume they are implying that walks are greatly beneficial to batters and disadvantageous to pitchers. Is that really the case? In this mini-series I will take a look at how bases on balls effect both a pitcher and a batter, and determine if they really are as important as the media would have us believe. Up first, how important are walks in regard to the success of a pitcher? (A disclaimer: The following pages include ...

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