Will Carroll and Eric Seidman have a free BPro post up about the recent comments that batting in front of Manny has helped Andre Ethier. Of course, a detailed look at Pitchf/x data reveals no such thing. It’s worth remembering that JC Bradbury and Doug Drinen found that batting in front of a superstar may, in fact, hurt a batter.
Did Andre Ethier up his game after the Dodgers obtained Manny? Sure. Did batting in front of Manny help? That’s a stretch.