A Major League GM Can’t Tell the Difference Between Plate Appearances and At-Bats. Yep, it’s Ruben Amaro, Jr.

Over at The Good Phight, David S. Cohen wrote about something Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. said while he was in the Phillies’ broadcast booth in yesterday’s series finale against the San Diego Padres. Speaking about Jimmy Rollins encroaching on Mike Schmidt‘s franchise hits record — Rollins is one hit away from tying him at 2,234 — Amaro expressed amazement that the two had such similar batting averages even though Schmidt had taken just under 900 more plate appearances over his career. As Cohen correctly notes, the difference is walks.

“Yeah, we were checking it out. In fact Schmitty was in the booth yesterday when we were talking about it, and, um, I think it’s about a thousand difference in, ah, plate appearances. Pretty amazing. But their batting averages aren’t that different, which is kind of… weird. I don’t quite understand it.”Ruben Amaro, Jr. on June 13, 2014

Cohen already did the requisite response, so go over to The Good Phight and read that. I’d like to second everyone’s disbelief that a sitting GM in the year 2014 cannot tell the difference between plate appearances and at-bats. Of course, Amaro is already on record as not caring about walks.

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  1. tom b

    June 13, 2014 09:48 AM

    once a boob always a boob. still shaking my head over his quote about buchanan(i think) was pitcing pretty well, getting some wins.

    • Ryan

      June 13, 2014 10:11 AM

      It doesn’t bother me that the GM doesn’t understand the advanced (ok pretty much basic) stats and numbers if they had people that did. Unfortunately as pretty much the last team to limp onto that train they are paying the price at this point.

      • Marc

        June 13, 2014 10:57 AM

        How does that NOT bother you that the person running the organization doesn’t understand a basic part of the game. What?!? The Phillies have the worst ownership group in MLB. This is completely on them, they put him in place. No different than with the Ryan Howard contract, where you can not blame Howard for collecting the paycheck, you blame Amaro for offering it. Ownership needs to change their knowledge base and put people in place that can be consistently make good decision.s

      • bradbo

        June 13, 2014 11:45 AM

        Ryan, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

        He’s not an owner, he’s a freaking General Manager (even if he were an owner this would be pathetic). It is his job to have a fundamental understanding of the game and the metrics that are used to predict success. It’s not like they said: “Ruben now calculate Chooch’s WAR and don’t forget to show your work.” No. This is at the elementary level of baseball statistical understanding. It is really just inexcusable.

  2. Alex Riley - Hitter's Count

    June 13, 2014 10:57 AM

    MY GOD

    • Alex Riley - Hitter's Count

      June 13, 2014 11:13 AM

      I’m sorry. I’m just trying to comprehend. He’s dicking around right? Is he saying that tongue in cheek? It’s just not possible for him to have a 1st grade level of knowledge about how baseball works. I think I may have even knew this in first grade. Lenny Dykstra and all.

      What gives? This can’t be right. I’m not an Amaro guy, but this just feels and sounds fishy to me. He’s trolling us or something.

      • Bob

        June 13, 2014 11:34 AM

        I think RAJ is trying to be funny. But it’s an inappropriate topic to joke about when he’s derided the value of walks in the past in the face of well reasoned analysis showing their beneficial value. If you’re the GM of a billion dollar company, it’s unprofessional to rile up your customer base when the product that you’re currently selling is not so good.

  3. Scott G

    June 13, 2014 01:54 PM

    Has someone been critiquing his RAJ Chats? This is him trolling those people, right?

  4. SLS

    June 13, 2014 02:51 PM

    Well, what the heck, it fits. Why would he worry about advanced metrics when he doesn’t understand the difference between AB and PA? It explains everything!

  5. edwin

    June 13, 2014 03:03 PM

    Well this should come as no surprise but it is depressing nonetheless.

  6. Brian

    June 14, 2014 01:54 PM

    Are we sure he went to Stanford? I’m honestly starting to think he actually went to SAMford University (in Alabama) and Microsoft Word auto-corrected it to Stanford University when he was writing his resume.

  7. Roger Freed

    June 15, 2014 02:57 AM

    Walks, putting the ball into play, advancing the runner, hit and run, run and hit, going to the opposite field — what part of baseball does the GM understand?

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