I would be truly shocked if more than, say, 10 of those 33 runs could be shown to be runs that would not have scored had the other player been left in. (Yes, fallacy of the predetermined outcome plays a role here, but you'd have no choice but to try to figure that out.)Originally Posted by False1
You'd then have to subtract the number of additional runs that would have scored had he stayed on the bench rather than come in only to get caught stealing 17 times.
Then you'd of course have to figure out how many of these runs were really game-winners in "crucial situations" as Bobby Jr. would have you believe.
I'm having a very hard time believing this player had any appreciable impact on the success of the A's in 1974 / '75. His release by the team (which marked the end of his career) would seem to bear that out.