Is Patience a Virtue?
Some people think a Patient hitter is boring even though some of the best hitters are patient. These types of hitters typically don’t swing at the first pitch. They tend to wear down the pitcher, spend a longer amount of time in the batter’s box, and usually have the most walks. For example, Joey Votto and Prince Fielder are this type of hitter. They are both always top in the league in walks and top in various hitting categories.
Recently more teams are starting to pick up patient hitters. This is because they are realizing how many runs they get out of them. Billy Beane, GM of the Oakland A’s really demonstrated this style of hitting as an asset to the sport by recognizing that patient hitters tend to get on base, one way or another.
Getting on base isn’t the only benefit of a patient hitter. You can really wear down the pitcher. His pitch count could start getting high. This could open up an opportunity for a mistake from the pitcher. Another benefit is to get the pitcher frustrated. Once he’s frustrated, he may make mental errors and make all kinds of mistakes. Are patient and aggressive hitters born or made?