MMO Fan Shot: Dave Hudgens and The Mets´ Way

An article by posted on April 23, 2014

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An MMO Fan Shot by Dave in Spain 

Dave Hudgens has been the Mets´ hitting coach since 2011. He and the Mets´ braintrust are proponents of a high- OBP approach, and being patiently aggressive.

Here is the progression of the ranking of Mets OBP in MLB under Hudgens´ tenure:

2011 – 6th
2012 – 20th
2013 – 25th
2014 – 26th (so far)

And here is the progression of OPS:

2011 – 13th
2012 – 23rd
2013 – 29th
2014 – 30th (so far)

I’ve heard the excuse that the Mets players just aren’t that good. The problem is, there are other teams with bad players too, yet the Mets are getting progressively worse in their specific target stats every year.

And now I hear that the brain-trust has invented some new esoteric pitch-per-something stat that they´re trying to apply throughout their system as a benchmark of success.

Writes Anthony DiComo at MLB.com:

Mets players received statistical breakdowns of their 2013 performances centered upon Bases Per Out, an internally developed metric that seeks to measure a player’s overall offensive production. Players with less than three years of service time were told that their BPOs would determine bonuses tacked onto future salary offers. Each base — one for a walk or single, two for a double — would earn them $200 more than what they would otherwise receive. Each out would slice off $100.

When Alderson first became GM, he and his staff made their views on hitting known, but did not enforce them to any great extent. That changed quickly. By last summer, coaches at each Minor League level were actually keeping score of their players through a point system, which had no correlation with traditional statistics. A hitter who worked a favorable count, for example, earned one point. A hitter who swung at a pitch out of the zone, regardless of the result, lost one. …

The only problem is that to date, the club’s offensive approach has not resulted in actual success. The Mets have scored dramatically fewer runs each year under [Sandy] Alderson, [Paul] DePodesta and [Dave] Hudgens, going from 718 in 2011 to 650 in ’12, down to 619 last season.

When will the madness stop?

When is it time to say ¨OK, maybe we were wrong and need a different approach?

I guess there´s one bright side to the declining OBP and OPS progressions: They will stop soon. They can´t go lower than 30th.

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