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Jason Giambi, Cleveland Indians DH: “OPS. You’re a dynamic hitter: you’re taking your walks, on-base percentage, you’re slugging, so you’re doing damage. By taking walks and getting on base, I truly believe you’re helping your team out. Walks are just as important as driving guys in. You’re not only helping the guy behind you, but also the guy in front of you. I’ll take a guy that has a .380 on-base percentage and drives in 120. It wins games. It’s the Moneyball/A’s theory.”
That said, in this case, I was a bit surprised by Curtis Granderson's answer. Granderson is among the most thoughtful and well-spoken players, yet he falls back on the old RBI saw. Ah well.
I love these FanGraphs snapshot questions. I'm pleasantly surprised by how thoughtful/progressive some of the answers are.
I agree with SOSH in 8. If a player led the league every year in RBI, he'd be incredibly valuable. RBI are awesome, they're just heavily context dependent. But if you drive in a run (or score a run), then a run scored. Which is the goal. If somehow, some guy drives in 150 per year with an OPS of 700 (over a career), then, well, cool. I'll say that guy was very valuable. I also probably would have traded him away at some point were I a GM.
My thoroughly unscientific study of the top 20 players in R and RBI confirms my guess: leading the league in Runs is a good way to indicate that you're likely going to the playoffs, while being near the top in RBI isn't quite as certain.
he only ones who would miss are the Orioles trifecta, Goldschmidt, Trout, Bautista, and Encarnacion.
Somehow I had convinced myself that it was gonna be Baltimore against Oakland, but that can't be right. Right?
Ryan Sweeney, Chicago Cubs outfielder: “I’ve kind of been an average guy my whole career, so I’d have to pick batting average.
Joey Votto is awesome.
You're just now noticing this?
If somehow, some guy drives in 150 per year with an OPS of 700 (over a career), then, well, cool.
The highest RBI by someone with a OPS < .750 is 116
Um, your analysis barely qualifies as evidence. A simple test of proportions says that you have almost no evidence against the hypothesis that Runs and RBI are equivalently good, with respect to your unscientific metric.
Tampa and Oakland would meet in the single game (I'm not sure what you're question was, since you have it all right).
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