Originally Posted by TSJ55
Been waiting for this self-righteous type of comment. Good work keeping it under wraps this long.
It isn't self-righteous. Purposely trying to make an out isn't smart. I can't see how anyone can argue that a failure, and making an out is absolutely a failure in the game of baseball, is the wrong move if you are purposefully trying to do it. Baseball is a game where failure happens more than it doesn't. A sac fly is a failure to do something better and more productive. Every player in the history of the game would rather have a single than a sac fly. All of them. A sac fly is a failure with a beneficial side to it, but no one should be actively trying for it. Try for the hit, accept that if you fail there could be a chance that something good could still be a by product.
Here is my question: Why is a sac fly not an official at bat, but if someone hits a groundball to the right side and the run scores, it is? It is like someone decided that you could purposefully hit a fly ball 275 feet but you couldn't purposefully hit a groundball to the right side. If a sac fly was counted as an at bat like the groundball to the right side, would people still complain about not having enough of them or saying they were successful plate appearances?