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Baseball: To publish stats or not?

There are a group of baseball coaches who decline to put their players' statistics up on, saying they don't want to help opposing teams after they spend valuable time scouting others. Others indicate they don't have the time to type in the statistics.

I've had this argument with them that it's their kids who lose out, with perhaps a college scout, professional scout or sportswriter not noticing something that might lead to a story, an observation or publicity for an athlete or program.

All four City Section Division I semifinalist teams have chosen not to put up individual player statistics on Maxpreps.

All four Southern Section Division 1 semifinalist teams have their statistics up.

You can make your own judgment on what it means. College and professional statistics are available for anybody who has a computer.

I think it hurts City Section athletes trying to get attention that their statistics aren't easily available, but I've apparently lost that argument.

-- Eric Sondheimer


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Lenny Diaz KHS '10

I completely agree with you, many athletes do not receive the attention they should and it really does hurt them in the end. Im sure many college coaches and scouts go to sites such as MaxPreps first since they do not have direct contact with many players yet. Playing for the City Section just last year and not having these statistics up, just a couple of articles written dropped me off the radar and thus my baseball career is over.


Name one athlete that has gotten a scolarship from having stats posted. There are so many athletes listed in so many sports on max preps that no college coach is going to scroll thru them all looking to find a player. If that were true then any kid hitting over .400 in baseball would have every school after them. It just isn't so. Most players showcase their talents at camps, showcases, travel ball etc.
It doesn't matter wether you publish or not. You still have to play the game. If they are published you might get an idea of what your up against as far as who is going to play, but thats it.


I hear both sides but stats sometimes lie about a player's real productivity, especially in crunch time...It's hard for coaches to get kids to buy in and play smallball as those sac bunts, moving runners over, etc don't show in stats yet are essential to winning in CIF's especially with BBCOR bats becoming mandatory (no grandfathered BESR's next year)...Players get some exposure (mostly pitchers/catchers) from HS games but the real visibility comes from summer showcases/tournaments/camps...


It comes down to money, coaches don't get paid enough in LAUSD so they do their job and call it a day. They will watch film and scout to make their team better but they aren't going to spend a couple hours extra to update player's stats. I am sure those Southern Section teams have a specific person in charge of stats and uploading them to where ever needed, not to mention they get paid to do it.


I have heard arguements of both sides as well. What I hear most is that for coaches with small staffs (most of the city section), finding the time to put up stats is very difficult. Often, coaches on smaller staffs have to chose between hours of film from friday nights game: breaking down all the stats and then taking the time to imput them on maxpreps - or hours of watching their next oppents film, breaking down the stats, looking for tendencies, drawing oppent oppents off/def plays and then preparing a game plan that will hopefully put up a win on friday night. Given the choice between the two......coaches on small staffs are better off looking forward for next game rather trying to get individual stats posted on maxpreps.


And the City Section wonders why its teams receive lesser media attention than the Southern Section? Back in the day (before ES made the big times), high school statisticians called in their statistics to the local (and sometimes non-local) newspapers for the overall statistics. It did not seem to impact the play.

If KLCS does produce the baseball championships at Chavez Ravine for the LAUSD-owned station, the announcers will have lots of dead time because the coaches, AD and administrators do not think the statistics of the student-athletes are important.

It is the 21st century...join the program.


ES I know a lot of schools had their stats up all year but right before playoff pairings get announced they take them off. If a scout or NCAA team wants to see their stats all they need to do is ask.


There are a number of basektball coaches that won't post the stats either. And you are right, this hurts the athlete more than anything else.

Coaches, can we please think about what is best for student-athletes?


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