Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
All that matters is OBP and SLG. AVG adds nothing meaningful to the picture at the end of the day.
.280/.340/.440 is not any better than .260/.340/.440, in fact it is slightly worse in terms of generating runs for a team. Yes, you are turning a few walks into singles and that is good, but you are also turning home runs into doubles and/or doubles into singles (else the SLG would change) and that is bad.
Sacrificing any OBP or SLG to improve AVG would be a losing proposition.
I don't see how you could possibly argue that.
Compare two players:
One gets 10 hits in 30 plate appearances with nine singles and a double, walking zero times.
The other gets 5 hits in 30 plate appearances, seven of which are walks.
The second guy will have a better on-base percentage, but factor in the double and the extra bases taken by base runners on account of the hits (advancing first to third, second to home, etc.), and the first player is going to be more valuable. Especially since the slugging will be better. In fact, in the above example, the first player has created four runs hypothetically. The second has created two.
Sacrificing OBP for average can indeed be a good thing sometimes.