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.
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*
Nobody ever said that batting average doesn't mean anything.
All hitters have slumps. When a hitter with a BA driven OBP slumps he's just making outs.
When a hitter with a high walk rate slumps he can still avoid making outs by getting on base via a base on balls.
It aint that hard to understand.