Complex Simplicity

Bloomfield Baseball Complex Simplicity
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Did you read “The Five Ways Louisville Baseball Measures Offensive Success” article? You should. It is an excellent example of the complex simplicity that permeates everything in baseball.

Louisville measures their offense success with five simple metrics:

  1. Score more runs than your opponent.
  2. Each player has at least 10 doubles.
  3. Three players have more than 10 home runs.
  4. Walk (or get hit by pitch) more than they strikeout.
  5. Steal more than 100 bases.

It seems pretty simple, right? What team wouldn’t win if they did those things?

Bloomfield Baseball Team StatsHere are their actual statistics for those metrics – plus their overall record and postseason result.

Again, it looks so simple when you see the actual statistics.

A cynic might even argue that strong pitching makes the number one goal easier to achieve. Maybe, but I think that misses the point.

These five goals let players focus on their individual contributions. It lets them focus on specific things during practice. And, my favorite part, it gives them offense goals that are not tied to traditional metrics (i.e., Batting Average, OBP, etc.). The more you dig into these “simple” goals the more complexity you can find – complex simplicity.

Using Louisville’s metrics, how did we do last year?

  1. Score more runs than your opponent.
    • We did. We scored 250 runs and gave up 189 runs.
  2. Each player has at least 10 doubles.
    • We didn’t play 69 games last year like Louisville. We played 26 games. Based on Louisville’s production, we probably should have had around 78 to 104 doubles. We were a bit low, but we had a few players on or above pace.
  3. Three players have more than 10 home runs.
    • We need to hit the weight room.
  4. Walk (or get hit by pitch) more than they strikeout.
    • We did, but we certainly need to cut-down the overall strikeouts.
  5. Steal more than 100 bases.
    • We actually did this, but stealing bases at 11U is much different than D1 baseball. It did make me proud that we stole almost twice as many bases as our competition.

The coaches will dig into the complexity, and share some simple goals with the players.

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