What if you had a hitter who was all-but guaranteed to walk every time at bat. That’d be the most useful player ever, right? An OBP of 1.000. An OPS better than all but a couple major leaguers. A guaranteed leadoff baserunner. A guaranteed bases-loaded walk.
(Flood’s the one at bottom, FYI.)
That’s the thinking behind the independent York Revolution trying out 3-foot-2-inch Dave Flood in spring training. It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that this is a publicity stunt, one which Atlantic League teams are known for. But there’s hard research behind this experiment, and at least some people think it could change the game of baseball.