Originally Posted by Superdude
This is very true. I like comprehensive stats as much as the next guy, but they tell me nothing about a player's skill set or how they created their value. Even if BA means nothing to production, which is debatable IMO, it's still an important component of a player's offensive makeup that needs to be taken into account. Lumping it in with RBIs and wins as cast onto the scrap heap by SABR people is just a total misinterpretation.
OK that is fine. If you just want to know how a guy creates his production you can look at his batting average to help you determine if he is a slap-hitter or a power hitter if you like, although there are better ways to do it. However, that is not what has been going on in this thread. People in this discussion have been advocating using batting average as an important tool in measuring the production of players and are arguing that the Reds need to bring in high batting average hitters to improve the offense. Only after that strategy was debunked did they try to salvage batting average as merely a "learn more about a player" stat.