Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
Dunn also once went 1,085 plate appearances without a sacrifice fly, a stat reviled endlessly in many media outlets. A closer look reveals that Dunn had 65 plate appearances in that stretch with a runner on third and less than two out; in those appearances he reached base 28 times. Thus, Dunn was castigated for posting a .431 on-base percentage in a particular situation over a two-year span, the criminal. Criticizing him for not notching any sacrifices stems from the false assumptions that a sacrifice fly should be a hitter’s goal and is his affirmative choice in such situations.
This section is a PERFECT example of both using stats and looking beyond them. Too often in baseball observers are lumped into one of two categories: those who blindly accept stats and those who blatantly ignore them. In actuality the numbers are crucial and tell us things that we can never see with our own eyes, but the numbers don't stand alone: a brain has to critically think through them and have the creativity and foresight to see which ones are most applicable in any given situation. Well done, CPA dude. I'm going to memorize these numbers to use in conversation.