Originally Posted by Ron Madden
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.
Sorry, I just disagree. When a hitter with a BA driven OBP slumps...he's not "just making outs". Odds are, a player with a higher BA is able to put the bat on the ball. Those kind of players are just hitting them where they ARE when they slump. That can still advance runners. A player with a high walk rate...I guess when they slump they still walk at the exact same pace....riiiiiiight. Players don't walk more often and less often during a season. Nah, walkers are consistant.