Originally Posted by Ltlabner
Maybe, just maybe, some year these numbers will sink in.
As far as batting average. I don't really care. There's a host of far more effective metrics and all of them say he stinks.
Sorry bud. The only competition will be for Dusty to see how quick he can manufacture reasons to sit the other guys in favor of Willy.
He stinks. I know that. I've always known that. I haven't argued that. But you're still failing to answer my questions.
If he's on base....will his speed be an asset? Will that speed have an effect on the opposing team? To say no is to be oblivious to the game of baseball. Yes, yes...I know. He doesn't get on base. Nope, never. He'll never get on base at all. Not once.
Yes, I know you (and nearly every person on this board apparently) hate the batting average stat. But, just for arguments sake, lets take your hatred of that stat out of the equation. Go back to when you were a kid and hadn't heard of Bill James before. What did you consider to be a good batting average for an average ML player? What was "acceptable" as a BA?
And lastly, yes, I know you (and nearly every person on this board apparently) hate Dusty Baker. But again, just for arguments sake, let's assume that he's not a narrow minded moron and he's not going to pencil in the CF for leading off and the SS for batting second. Let's say he's not going to hand the CF starting job over to Taveras on a silver platter. Does anybody here seriously think that if Stubbs for example hits .750 with 10 hr's in ST he won't push Taveras for the CF job? Does anybody here seriously think that if we bring in a power hitting LF'er that Dickerson doesn't get serious consideration for the CF job if he hits .320 and hits 5 dingers in ST? I'm not ready to pencil in ANYBODY until after ST. And I'm pretty sure that neither is Baker.