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Video: Nelson Cruz has a WTF moment re: Joe DiMaggio

Aug 15, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

Courtesy of the MLB Network, Craig Gentry gives Nelson Cruz a lesson in Joe DiMaggio’s plate discipline and the differences between eras:

In other news, the ghost of Joe DiMaggio is just as gobsmacked that Nelson Cruz is making $8 million to hit .268.

  1. hammyofdoom - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Hah! I loved the genuine look of shock on his face, almost seemed like a mixture of “Wow! That’s impressive!” and “… I must work harder. Much, much harder”.

  2. thefalcon123 - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    In 2012, AL batters strike out 7.3 times per nine innings

    In 1940, they struck out 3.9 times per nine innings.

    • The Rabbit - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Each era really needs to be looked at in its own context. As a retired statistical analyst, the reasons for disparity are always more interesting than data.
      Pitchers were utilized much differently. The composition of a typical 1940′s bullpen was not even close to what appears today: No “specialists”, setup men, and closers.
      You can’t compare the mid 1940′s to anything else because many of the best players were serving in the WWII military.
      In the later era, once segregation ended in baseball with the fewer number of teams than there are today, you would expect to see a different trend in stats….but still different from what you’d see today with the protection of young pitchers, team expansion, ballpark configurations, etc.
      The game evolves and the record and stats are relative to its time.

  3. beefytrout - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Whew! I was worried we were running short on Rangers to criticize.

  4. holleywood9 - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    I wonder if that strike out rate has anything to do with the fact we now let Pedro come overseas to throw 90 mph junk balls.

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