Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/1/13
I was speaking recently to another Mets blogger, and the topic of Justin Turner came up.  After being unsurprised that a sabermetrician like myself prefers Josh Satin to Turner, he said that he liked Turner because, “Justin Turner is a clutch player.” “There are certain players who are just better in clutch situations, you can’t deny that,” another person chimed in. Before I knew it, I was by myself debating against a dozen other people trying to make the case that player’s performance does not change in high leverage situations. Before we go any further, let’s establish a couple of things first.  Clutch performances exist.  On any given night, Justin Turner can in fact come through with a big hit in a high leverage situation.  So can any other player in Major League Baseball.  That’s the beauty of baseball.  Any given player can come through in a clutch situation on any given day.  There’s just no such thing as a player that is better in the clutch than he is in any other situation.
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