When I first started watching baseball, what broadcasters, newspapermen and other fans drilled into my head was that you batted your fastest guy first, a guy who could hit to right field second, your best hitter third, your strongest guy fourth, pitching was 80 percent of the game, the most important stat for batters was AVG and for pitchers it was Wins.
Of course it all turned out to be false.
But it doesn’t mean that we are completely enlightened now and that today’s conventional wisdom is miles ahead of what it was in the 1970s. We don’t have to look very far to see areas where the majority of clubs are doing things in a less than ideal way.
Every team runs their bullpen to maximize the save chances for their closer, every team employs a LOOGY, seven man bullpens are standard, teams still bat their best hitter third, every team employs a five-man rotation.
Wait, wait – what?
There’s either very little or no proof that a five-man rotation is good for a club yet teams continue to ...