Clutch!

By Jason Wojciechowski on April 26, 2005 at 4:48 PM

The battle over clutch rages on. David Pinto at Baseball Musings has this post using Retrosheet's play-by-play database and concludes the usual thing: there ain't no such thing as clutch hitters. Mike Emeigh brings up some interesting points in the comments, though, including some indication that maybe the more chances you get at hitting with runners in scoring position, the better you get at it (which certainly makes intuitive sense, but many things in baseball that make intuitive sense aren't necessarily true).

By the way, I haven't commented on it yet, but that Bill James article that got this whole mess restarted is really good. I'd become turned off by him in the last few years, as I thought he was starting to become anti-establishment simply for the sake of it. I may not be wrong about that, but he's not wrong in his article, either.

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