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This Team Might Actually Be Interesting

No, not in a Plaza Parade sort of way.   

This team may be interesting simply because it appears, after a very small sample size, to be made up of competitors.  Now, some on this site may poo-poo the notion of "competitiveness" because it  sounds dangerously close to a nothing-term, or a one-word substitute for saying "I like the cut of this team's jib."    Fair enough.   But it is an empirical fact that some people are more competitive than others, and if this is true, for instance, in my world of Lawyer Land, why wouldn't it be true in Baseball Land as well?

It turns out there is some data to support the notion that "aggressiveness", a word we have heard a lot about during Spring Training as relates to baserunning, for example, is more or less synonymous with competitiveness.    It also turns out that there is a growing belief that there is a way to quantify competitiveness, both individually, and in the aggregate.  If aggressiveness leads to competitiveness, then a box score with seven (7) stolen bases on it may be telling us more than we think.

Please note the title of this post:   this team may actually be interesting.    That is not the same thing as saying they will play .500 ball over the long term.   At this point in my career as a Royals fan, however, I will take interesting over the past quarter century of alternatives.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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