Why Earl Weaver was an innovator among baseball traditionalists

01/21/2013 | Sports On Earth · Baltimore Magazine online

Earl Weaver, who died Saturday, was a championship manager who should be remembered for bucking convention, writes Joe Posnanski. Weaver's key insight was understanding baseball's precious commodity -- 27 outs in a game -- and eschewing strategies that wasted that supply. "There are only three an inning, and they should be treasured," Weaver once wrote. "It's such a basic fact that fans sometimes forget it, but an inning doesn't last 15 minutes or six batters or 20 pitches; it lasts three outs. Give one away and you're making everything harder for yourself."

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