What are some of the strategical conventions that you think are bogus?
- Putting speed over OBP at leadoff: I think ability to get on base is the most important thing for a leadoff hitter, speed should be more of a bonus. Also, they sometimes put a guy like Alfonzo Soriano batting first just because he can run. Someone with power should never be put batting with nobody on or after the bottom of the order.
- The closer must be a hard throwing/strikeout type of a pitcher: Just put in the pitcher who is best at getting hitters out, doesn't matter how he does it.
- Hitters being aggressive with a 3-0 count: I don't have stats to back me up, but I always thought that from a game-theory perspective, it's almost always better to be taking all the way rather than swinging.