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The hottest catching prospect in MY book
2008-03-24 06:58
by Bob Timmermann

Like most of you, I like to catch up on matters that appear in the Northwest Arkansas Times.  I especially like to read the high school sports sections.

Behold the story of Fayetteville High, the Purple Dogs, and their senior catcher Dan Hollenbeck.

"His on-base percentage is astronomical," [coach Vance] Arnold said. "He gets hit by pitches a lot, walks and has had his share of catcher's interference on his swing so he helps us in a number of ways. Every time you look up he's on base doing something great."

Emphasis mine, of course.

For those scoring at home, catcher's interference calls are not included in either the numerator or denominator to figure out on-base percentage.

2008-03-24 07:16:58
1.   Suffering Bruin
A high school coach in Northwest Arkansas knows the importance of OBP. There are many, many people working at the major league level--some managing teams in Cincinnatti, some writing columns for the LA Times--of which the same could not be said.

Just sayin'...

2008-03-24 08:24:34
2.   Cliff Corcoran
By the way, Chad Moeller had a CI call on him the other day in one of the Yankees' spring training games.

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