Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
I would add that the biggest argument against batting average is this: Simply getting a base hit is not the goal of a batter.
The goal of a batter is to put runs on the scoreboard for his team.
Could not disagree more.
The goal of the TEAM is to score runs. The goal of the individual is to do his part to make that possible. The goal of the individual is to get on base with a hit, walk...whatever...or do what he can to make it easier for another teammate to score a run...advance a runner with an out, work the count and force a pitching change, etc.
Looking at a single player overlooks the fact that this is a TEAM game. They're all interconnected.