Re: Blue Jays hitting coach as team swinging for the fences
The idea that proponents of OBP are about taking pitches is just wrong. It's about taking pitches that you can't drive. It's quite possible that the grip it and rip it approach leads to more walks because you don't have guys doing anything and everything just to put the ball in play. There's a reason sluggers tend to be walkers and its not just because pitchers are avoiding them.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.