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The metrics people have become like the fervid soccer crowd.
Everyone puts the S on the General, which is incorrect.
Once you acronym, I think you should simply follow what sounds the most sensible, and that's RBIs or AGs.
In what world does 'Runs Batted Ins' sound "sensible"?
This is my take. They have meaning in that they record what actually happened. A guy got a hit (or whatever) that caused a guy to score a run. It has meaning.
The other problem with rbi as a metric is that it implicitly treats a walk as a failure.
The former simply sounds better...
Not if you walk with the bases loaded!
RBI-hatred is like the War on Christmas: an assertion made in the fervent hope that If You Troll Them They Will Come
But the larger point about walks is that there's some value to a team in simply not consuming outs even if the walk results in neither a run nor an rbi.
No, it sounds like you have a speech impediment.
Sometimes these guys seem like they're writing from 2006. The fervor has died way, way down on this, mostly because saber stats have been widely accepted and even go on the scoreboard now.
#30 I see where you're going, but then I've never advocated evaluating a player by his HR total either.
no place for RBIs in the formula...RBIs were not only misleading but dishonest.
Also, I just want to note that when Rickey says RBIs "were not only misleading but dishonest," it might well mean that he loved the stat.
Here's the thing - You go to bat trying to get a hit or a walk, anything to avoid an out. If someone's in scoring position, or you hit the ball hard enough to hit an HR, you can accumulate RBI. RBI are good because scoring runs is good, but they're merely a byproduct of (1) accomlishing what you're really trying to do and (2) the guy(s) ahead of you doing the same. They aren't a good way of evaluating a player because of (2) which the batter has no control over.
Joey Votto is a great hitter, one of the 2 best in the game today. More RBI doesn't make him better, and fewer doesn't make him worse (it's not his fault he's constantly hit behind guys like Stubbs and Cozart).
(it's not his fault he's constantly hit behind guys like Stubbs and Cozart).
This year it's Choo (.449 OBP) and Cozart (.266 OBP). Which mashed together counts as an ok couple of hitters at the top of the lineup?
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