By GARY CARTER
Richie G: How much do you look at stats when making decisions? Or do you go with your gut more than some Sabrematic guys do?
I go more with my gut. Stats are great, but I don’t think they’re the most important thing. You always consider the matchups, with a righthanded hitter against a lefthanded pitcher. And I guess you can go on a computer and see numbers, but you have to have a feel and know the guy you’re sending up there is going to get the job done for you, and that really comes from the gut.
Richie G: Do you know all the new stats like FIP/VORP and what do you think of them?
I don’t know those stats and there are way too many stats to be concerned with to get caught up in that. The most important categories for me are batting average, home runs, RBIs and strikeout-to-walk ratio. Those are what I focus on the most.
Do you think leadership/hustle matters? Like do you think good leadership can win you games? If yes can you cite some examples.
I think leadership is very important. Our current Ducks ballclub has several leaders. Usually a team has one or two true leaders and the rest follow. I don’t think there is necessarily one leader on a team, but they all lead in their own way. For example, Billy Simas is our closer here and he knows his job and he is the leader of the bullpen.
When I came to the Mets, they knew they could count on me to call a good game and they knew they could count on Keith Hernandez to direct the infield. Centerfield was a different type of leadership with Mookie Wilson and Lenny Dykstra. I think leadership starts in the clubhouse and there is always going to be one or two players who stand out.
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