Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
I don't think you understood my post. Both players had the same SLG.
In your example it is different because their SLGs are not the same. The 1st player is better because his SLG is higher not because his AVG is higher. OBP and SLG are what matter. AVG is irrelevant. It is a horrifically misleading statistic with two huge flaws that render it untenable as a useful metric.
Your last line "sacrificing any
SLG to improve AVG would be a losing proposition" made no such distinction about whether two players' SLG was identical in a vacuum.
Still, we're not talking about two different players with identical slugging. We're talking about the concept of whether it's worth trading OBP points for additional hits (which will often raise the slugging). I also don't know how you can remove average from this like it's meaningless. Slugging is made up of two things: average and ISO. You can't have ISO (or consequently slugging) without average.