MLB Network may not employ the most model citizens in the world, but you’d expect that the analysis is sound, and encourages learning by fans that are new to the game, and love the game. That Harold Reynolds is old school is fine, within his right, and he does a good job giving the newer school fans the model for the way of thinking and arguments people will need to ready themselves for should a discussion arise. Sometimes, Reynolds will say things that no one can make sense of. To be fair, he is human, but we seem to find a lot more of these quotables from Reynolds than from other people. Today’s nugget is about Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams:
“If Ted Williams had known about OPS back then, I think he would have said, ‘Alright, let me show you what I can do.'” – Harold Reynolds
— Heard on MLB Tonight (@HeardOnMLBT) June 29, 2014
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— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 29, 2014
OPS is On Base Percentage (OBP) plus Slugging Percentage (SLG), and why Reynolds is suggesting Williams didn’t know how to hit with power, for extra bases, or even to just get on base, is staggering and makes fans frustrated that despite having the professional baseball experience he has, he says things like the above quote.
As a reminder, these are the numbers of the Hall of Famer:
|1943||Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)|
|1944||Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)|
|1945||Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)|
|162 Game Avg.||692||188||37||5||37||143||50||.344||.482||.634||1.116||190|
Those are some pretty outstanding numbers, including a .451 OBP in his last season at age 41. I think Ted Williams was doing just fine. He was a fantastically outstanding player, and even if he didn’t have advanced stats to further validate that at the time, I think he knew he was doing OK.