Originally Posted by dougdirt
No. The higher the run scoring environment, the less valuable each run actually is. Where as the lower the run scoring environment, each run is worth more. Right now we generally talk about "10 runs = 1 win", but that really doesn't apply to all time. Just the current environment.
Don't want to drag this out, but I can't resist one more attempt. In a low scoring environment, I maintain that scoring a run is more difficult and relatively more important. When base hits are few, I have a better chance of scoring if I can get a man to second or third. The risk/reward tends to tilt more toward exploiting my speed and stealing a base. On the other hand, if xbase hits are more frequent, the advantage of risking a steal is lower, since there is a better chance of scoring from first.
My point here is simply to make a case that in the post steroids era, when more balls are staying in the park, Hamilton's game not simply for stealing, but also for stretching, tends to be more valuable than it would have been 20 years ago.