Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Looks like I was adding on to my earlier post while you wrote this one. My edit addresses the contact issue you raised here. The benefits of extra contact are erased by the extra double plays and fielder's choices they create.
Drew Stubbs fanned 166 times this year in 544 PAs. His K rate was 30.5%.
In my opinion, if he could have cut that number in half, made contact in another 83 at bats, he would have been a better hitter.
I guess you disagree, to each his own, but that's my view.
In some relatively few instances no-contact is better than contact.
Usually, contact is better.