Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
Dunn not in Ichiro's class? What a joke. While obviously Ichiro is still much better than Pierre, Dunn is every bit the offensive player Ichiro is, and then some. To suggest otherwise is pure daftness--or homerism. I'm not sure which.
I laid out a pretty compelling argument that doesn't deserve to be dismissed as either daft or homerism IMHO.
I guess Ichiro's OPS could be superficially used as an argument against him if you ignore the effect of environment (which you can't). As it happens, the Mariner's play 70% of their games in pitcher-friendly, low run scoring environments such as Seattle, Anaheim, Oakland, San Diego, Cleveland, Detroit etc. It's one of the most pitcher friendly schedules in the majors.
Context is important.