Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Eric Wedge blames sabermetrics for Ackley's woes

Eric Wedge, Paul Emmel

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge believes "sabermetrics" is to blame for the struggles of recently demoted second basemen Dustin Ackley.

Ackley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft, was sent down to Triple-A on Monday amid a horrific offensive start to the season. Wedge thinks Ackley's woes can more or less be blamed on the specialized analysis known as sabermetrics. In simple terms, Wedge believes Ackley is too worried about the stat sheet.

Wedge was talking about Ackley’s demotion to Triple-A and his mental approach, and he intimated that Ackley might have been too concerned with pitch selectivity and high on-base percentage, leading to a one-liner that hit on one of baseball’s most intriguing ongoing philosophical battles.

“It’s the new generation. It’s all this sabermetrics stuff, for lack of a better term, you know what I mean?” Wedge said. “People who haven’t played since they were 9 years old think they have it figured out. It gets in these kids’ heads.”

Wedge's comments are not likely to go over well with the rest of the baseball word. Especially those folks who pride themselves on searching for objective knowledge in baseball. Namely, through the use of sabermetrics.

For the record, Wedge is 164-211 in three seasons as skipper of the Mariners, and batted just .233 in his limited time in the major leagues as a player. So, maybe Wedge isn't exactly the best guy to be criticizing anyone right about now.

Via Hardball Talk

1 comment:

  1. I wonder how good the Mariners batting coaches are. Ackley ,isn't the only Mariner that's struggling.It seems as though some players bat well in the minors then struggle in the majors. Just maybe the coaches are screwing them up.