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November 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm ET
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Iannetta to Make Strides … Elsewhere

We’ll miss those lovely walks most. I mean, what beats a casual stroll on a splendid summer’s evening at the foot of the Rocky Mountains?

And boy, Chris Iannetta could walk. A confident gait. Leisurely but powerful. Like you just knew his leg muscles were coiled and ready to spring into a trot if ever that became truly necessary. Last season, it rarely was.

All those bases on balls — a career-high 70 of them last season. As the No. 8 hitter in your Colorado Rockies lineup. With the pitcher on deck! And don’t forget the 89 whiffs. Iannetta was either walking to first base or walking back to the dugout. The bat was just for show, or the occasional pop-up to the second baseman or double-play ball.

In six seasons at Coors Field, he averaged about 10 dingers and just under 40 RBI at a batting average of .235. All that potential bop in a bat he kept glued to his shoulder, or waved feebly at tumbling sliders. Other teams clearly could see what the guy should be capable of, as clearly as the Rox were beginning to see that yet another “catcher of the future” simply wasn’t worth waiting around for anymore.

So when the Angels began to nibble, it was time to walk … away.

I think Chris Iannetta is uniquely suited to understand that.

 

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2 Responses to “Iannetta to Make Strides … Elsewhere”
  1. Bharv1 says:

    You assertion of Iannetta only getting those walks because he was in the 8-hole is a bit misleading. In 551 PA’s batting in the 7-hole (without the pitcher on deck!), Iannetta’s OBP is .351. Compare that to the .361 OBP in 800+ PA’s in the 8-hole.

    Iannetta may not have been the Rox’s future catcher but I think its safe to say, Tyler Chatwood isn’t necessarily the future either.

  2. Aaron says:

    Your denigration of the walk speeks volumes to your naivete of the value of OBP. It’s truely a measure of outs not made. Outs being the most valuable comodity a team has. Any batter who leaves the plate without having made an out is a succesfull one.

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