Thursday, March 10, 2011

DV: Right Again!

While my estimated 65% success rate falls way short of Charlie Sheen's 100% success rate, I feel like it's often my job to point out how right I was in those instances. For example, this week a feel-good article was brought to my attention about how the Cardinals' Trever Miller deals with grief through distance running.

Of course, this brings to mind one of the most explosive posts of HYD Baseball history, when I condemned Hideki Okajima's professionalism because after 2008 he decided to run the Honolulu Marathon instead of, well, let's call it suck prevention in his day job. I strongly suggest taking a look at the comments section - it's really the golden age.

Anyway, I'm not saying there's any kind of causation with this correlation. I'm also going to submit to the fact that he "ran" the race in over six hours, taking a nap and eating a sandwich in the middle of it. Whatever. You cannot dispute these facts:

Okajima Before Honolulu: 131 IP, 2.40 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 8.45 K/9, 0.82 HR/9
Okajima After Honolulu: 107 IP, 3.87 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 7.23 K/9, 1.17 HR/9
Difference: 1.47 ER/9IP, 0.40 WHIP, (1.22 K/9), 0.35 HR/9

Training to get yourself ready for pitching well instead of going for a jog hurts. The truth hurts more.

Enjoy yo weekend.


Anonymous said...


I went and read that old post. 31 comments! And even a few from THE BRONX. Those were better times. Not great like the Reagan years, but better times nonetheless.

Still, I think that his body is not as much a reason for his recent futility as his talent level is. He doesn't throw hard, and never really has. He, like many Japanese pitchers before him (Irabu and Nomo immediately come to mind) had great success early in their careers because of their unorthodox delivery. Okajima was no different. Now, people have caught on to him and they are lighting him up. Why? Because once you time an 88 MPH fastball, it's pretty easy for a major league hitter to crush it if it doesn't have any movement on it. And that's where Okajima is. Running a marathon was a poor decision, but it's not why he's been so terrible. He's been terrible because those results were imminent once the league figured him out. And the league has most certainly figured him out.

--the Gunn

the gm at work said...


Obviously I am being tongue in cheek by saying that his six-hour jog was the reason he's sucked the last two years. The real reason is what you're saying. I mean, you don't see relievers, regardless of how fast they can throw the ball, last too long with any kind of success in the major leagues. That's only magnified in the case of guys who can't throw 90 MPH. Keith Foulke was an exception to the rule, as he as able to keep it going for five years or so (not looking at the stats).