Re: Reds sign Willy Taveras to 2 year deal....
Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
That's what I think too. But since batting average doesn't mean ANYTHING...we're forced to ignore the .280 average.
The way I look at it, his lack of power is compensated somewhat by his basestealing skills. Those singles are turned into doubles and triples after the SB's essentially. Sometimes I think people here put too much emphasis on the value of a walk. They'll put a higher value on a player who walks a lot but has a low BA than a player who walks very little but has a higher BA even if put together their OBP is identicle. *shrugs*
1. Does Willy Taveras do a good job of avoiding Outs?
2. Does Willy Taveras acquire a lot of bases while avoiding Outs?
If the answer to both is "No", then you have a bad baseball player on your hands. And we know the answer to both is "No". Doesn't matter what your Batting Average is if you can't avoid outs at an acceptable clip unless you run into a luck-driven .371 BABIP.
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