Every off-season, you get emptily hopeful pieces like this one that must’ve taken Newsday reporter Steven Marcus several minutes to write:
McCann wasn’t satisfied with his .232 batting average. “I don’t like looking up there and seeing I’m hitting around .230,’’ he said Friday from Orlando, Florida, where he was participating in a charity golf tournament. “I’ve got to get better. I’d like to hit .300 with 30 [homers].
Don’t scoff yet at an “article” from a 5-minute call Brian McCann returned in a slow golf moment: maybe Marcus got a scoop on McCann’s new contact-hitting strategy after years of .230, .256, .232, & .232? Here’s McCann’s big quote: “‘I think Tex says it the best: walk more and hit for extra-base hits. The game today is about getting on base and driving runs in.’” So we’re told McCann will raise his batting average by improving the non-batting-average OPS components: walks and extra-base hits. Relatedly, I plan to lose weight by putting lifts in my shoes.… Click here to read the rest