Kind of a dumb explaination from a baseball sports writer.Why would Preston Wilson start over Willy Taveras? He's a strikeout waiting to happen. -- Kel V., Waxahachie, Texas
So is half the lineup. The reality of the modern-day slugger is, with power numbers come power strikeouts. Players have little interest in being singles and doubles hitters, and if they're swinging for the fences every time they bat, they're going to have their share of whiffs.
I marvel at Pete Rose's numbers -- he averaged a measly 52 strikeouts a year and logged more than 700 plate appearances. These days, it's perfectly normal for a hitter to strike out at least 100 times, usually more. And in the case of Adam Dunn, you can break the all-time single-season strikeout record and still be considered the best hitter on your team. Why? Because chicks aren't the only ones who dig the long ball. GMs like them, too.