< You couldn't be more wrong >
Sure he could, he could be you. Anytime you start with something like that no one is going to take anything you say seriously. You just sound like a bitter complainer.
--So are you saying the manager expects the hitters to swing at any pitch on a hit and run, or are you saying the players themselves expand the strikezone beyond reasonable? --It's not like a squeeze, but generally the player is expected to go out of the strikezone.
The batter is expected to swing at a "bad" pitch, which was Bob's point. It's not uncommon to swing at pitch-outs. A batter will almost always swing at a pitch that is simply "bad".
Ironically, I wondered if Aybar missed this sign, he didn't try to bunt the pitch-out. Typically they wont just stand there and watch the pitch-out. They'll toss their bat at the ball or something.
I'm pretty sure you know this.
The squeeze play is not innately a bad play. It was last night. If you have a pitcher on the ropes... pound him.
I hated the call. But you lose credibility when you ignore that fact the hit and run call was the biggest play of the game. That was a great call and led to three runs.
Izturis probably swings at that pitch anyway. According to Pitch FX, it was right there. It was a great call.
Are you talking about two different plays? Is this even directed at me?
Name one time where I said on the hit and run that swinging at the pitch is optional. Izturis swung at a pitch well within the strikezone. Izturis also swung at a pitch he usually swings at.
Thank goodness there wasn't a second basemen there. The hit and run worked perfectly. Izturis got a good pitch to hit and hit a ground ball at the hole on the infield.
As far as Aybar. He is one of the sharpest tools in the box. I'm not surprised you don't know this. When it comes to evaluating good moves and bad moves, you seem to have on blinders.
"Your dead wrong"
He's a gold glove wining shortstop. They don't hand that award to people who make the wrong choices defensively.
He is a great baserunner. Sure he'll get thrown out from time to time. But he NEVER gets thrown out without the other team making a good play, and he never gets thrown out by much.
If his baseball IQ has not reached the level where you realize that Aybar is a smart player, he needs to add points to your baseball IQ. He can do that by being objective.
Aybar does have problem with his pitch recognition. Does Trumbo? .. Does that make Trumbo a dumb ballplayer.
Don't hold back.
Tell us how you really feel.
Oh so chewing tobacco makes him a dumb player. As far as making big chokes in big games, When the failure rate is over 70%, you are going to fail in big games.
In the 2009 ALCS against Boston, Aybar got big hit after big hit.
You have very selective memory.
His triple in the 7th inning of game two was likely the biggest hit of the game.
His two out hit in the 9th inning started the rally that amazing comeback rally.
You keep proving my point. You are not balanced and are walking around with blinders.
--Three chokes in big games vs three hits big games not my type of clutch player. --Five hundred?
--May 23 2012 , Scioscia has Angels in last place in their division, He is a great manager. --And you have this weird little hangup where you only want to look at stuff that supports your point of view.
The only person who can change that hang-up of yours is you.
"I guess you approve the big wad of chewing tobacco he spits all over himself, he has made some big chokes in big games, at least I'm not Communist like you."
I don't even know what you are trying to say there Bob. Seriously, are you drunk this early in the day?