Re: Blue Jays hitting coach as team swinging for the fences
I aspire to see the harmonious universe where both OBP and power can coexist together, and not in mutually exclusive relationship to one another.
If you get on base a bunch but don't have guys knocking them over and in, it will not do you a ton of good. If you have a bunch of guys cranking homers but few people on base, you're still not going to score a ton.
The right answer is that both OBP and isolated power are important and you want both. They're not overrated or underrated - just sometimes taken out of context.
As a rule of thumb, the quickest run estimation (or at least most accurate intuitively without a more detailed calculation) is OBP * SLG. OPS won out as a mainstream stat because it's easier to calculate.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda