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  1. So for lack of a better term it measures how much a player sells out for power?

    Comment by Jacob the OG — June 14, 2013 @ 10:43 am

  2. There’s a better “term”: Reckless Power.

    Comment by UdUpLaYeR — June 14, 2013 @ 11:00 am

  3. I wonder if it should be Isolated Power minus Isolated Patience, rather than divided by. Jeff Keppinger, with a .034 ISO, is only on this list because he never walks, not because he’s selling out for power.

    Comment by DavidJ — June 14, 2013 @ 11:01 am

  4. Actually an even better way to do this might be simply: HR/PA minus BB/PA.

    Comment by DavidJ — June 14, 2013 @ 11:04 am

  5. If Jeff Keppinger and his 0.034 ISO are number four, your metric may need a tweak.

    Comment by MikeS — June 14, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

  6. With a name like ‘Placido,’ how can one not be patient?

    Comment by Penumbral Hoodie — June 14, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

  7. Extra base hits should count too

    Comment by bgburek — June 14, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

  8. Have to agree with the previous comments – the metric, as created, doesn’t necessarily describe recklessness. Perhaps K-rate should be incorporated somehow?

    To pick a random historical example, Joe DiMaggio posted a RECK of nearly 9 in his rookie year, but he only struck out 39 times all season (a career high for him, but still a rather low strikeout rate for someone with his kind of power). I wouldn’t characterize a season like that as reckless.

    Comment by Ian R. — June 14, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

  9. For the curious: Evan Gattis has a 5.3548 RECK so far this season, so he would not be in the top 10 were he qualified.

    Comment by Alex — June 14, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

  10. Carson,

    I have been reading your writing for many years, but it has only been the last 12-18 months where I have really started digging the writing style.

    This is my first comment on any of your articles, but it is also fun to note that your little toy stat RECK shows JPA as the most “wreckless” hitter in the league right now. As someone that has watched most of JPA’s major league career, I can attest that JPA is in fact the most reckless batter I have seen in any major league game this year, by far.

    As evidenced by tid bits from his interviews, he does not really seem to care. Being RECKless has certainly been a major factor in his performance/results this year.

    Comment by Ano.te — June 15, 2013 @ 5:29 am

  11. Reckless = Swing hard at everything = High slugging (lots of home runs) and low BBs

    I don’t think contact rate really factors in, its not a measure of how successful a player is with his approach, its a measure of the recklessness of the approach.

    I do agree however, that Keppinger doesn’t seem to fit this bill. Not sure if he has ever swung hard in his life. His is more “super cautious”… “im gonna stick my bat out and hope it touches the ball, and I’m gonna do it early in the count so I dont get to 2 strikes ever”

    Comment by David — June 15, 2013 @ 11:54 am

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