Re: The Myth of BABIP
Originally Posted by AvesIce51
TBL - I agree with you and I use that stat a bit too. Like Ramon Ortiz, his BABIP seems to be relatively higher because he just doesn't miss bats well (off the top of my head, haven't look this up). Then guys like Harang, with the same fielders last year would have a lower number because he strikes out guys, and odds are, someone who strikes out a lot of guys doesn't give up a lot of solid shots. So when contact is made, it is weaker.
Again, that was just off the top of my head, so that is more of a guess and opinion than anything.
That's not how it works. BABIP is independent of K rate.
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