Originally Posted by TSJ55
I don't follow. Teach me something.
I don't think that any batter comes to the plate with the thought of "OK, what I really want to do here is fly out to left field. I will do everything that I can to make sure that I hit the ball in the air in a place where the fielder can catch it."
Sure, the approach might be to hit the ball in the air, but I bet 101 out of 100 ballplayers would rather hit a home run than a sacrifice fly. The same goes for grounding out to the second baseman to advance a runner from second to third- what player wants to get out instead of getting a hit?