Originally Posted by dougdirt
I could not care one bit what the batting average of any player is. I care about how often they get on base, not how often they get a hit. Hits are important, but they only tell you part of the story.
I could. At least as far as splits are concerned. Choo more or less is a two outcome player versus left handed pitching. out or walk. Very little chance of hits or power. The batting average tells us the hits part of that. Yes his OBP is like 350 but it's inflated by an absurd amount of hbp. Switch to a lefty and the best you can hope for in most situations is a walk and his BA tells us this. Is it as an important a stat as it was deemed to be years ago? No. But if used in context it can be helpful. Hits have a different value than walks. Average can tell us the percentage of time a player gets on that allows for more runner advancement than a walk. It's not like it is useless, it's just often misused.