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Florida Marlins and wiffs

There is a desire for the Marlins to cut down on strikeouts.

Along with setting a franchise record with 208 home runs last year, the Marlins also established a club high for striking out -- 1,371. Swinging and missing so often made the Marlins' offense appear to be "all or nothing."

The 208 home runs were the third-most in the Major Leagues, but the 1,371 strikeouts paced all of baseball.


"We don't like the strikeout," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "We think it is a finite event. Nothing good can happen. [The at-bat] is over with. If you put the ball in play, the sun comes out, the guy makes an error, good stuff can happen."

While that is true, but there is also a bad thing that can happen when you put the ball in play with less than two outs and a runner on first -- it is known as the great rally killer, the double play.

The Marlins, last season, hit into the second fewest double plays in the NL, while also finishing third in the number of sacrifice fly balls hit.

In other words, when push came to shove, the 'all or nothing'  Marlins did move the runners over or score them from third with some efficacy. 

I'm not advocating striking out, but there are sometimes when there are worse things you can do than striking out.

I could go into this in more depth, but time doesn't permit.