Originally Posted by dougdirt
I think you misunderstand what what is being said about average. It isn't that it is useless, it is that it isn't nearly as useful as OBP. Average is valuable. Hits are clearly of value and having a higher rate of hits than someone else, well, that is a very good thing. But OBP takes into account those hits as well as the walks. OBP is, generically speaking, mostly made up of average (outliers like Adam Dunn, or at least the former version of Dunn, who have very low AVG but walk 100+ times break that, but players of this ilk are rare). So it is certainly getting its due when "we" talk about OBP.
Come on Doug you don't think I know that. I just find it ironic that a defense from the New Age guys for Trout is that he is the first player in history to have X AVG + X HR + X SB. Don't you find that ironic?