first, read this thread for the details:
but an interesting tidbit:
I always have been interested in the correlation between OBP and runs scored. OBP has a 0.8340 correlation with runs scored, and batting average has a 0.7244 correlation to runs scored.
These numbers are from JinAZ's web site: http://jinaz-reds.blogspot.com/2008/...using-ops.html
Right now, the Reds are 13th in the NL in OBP, and 12th in runs scored.
The Cards are 2nd in the NL in OBP, and 3rd in runs scored. There is clearly a strong correlation.
Until the Reds, and their fans, learn this, we will not properly evaluate players. That is why it is troubling to lose Dunn, Ross, and Griffey. These guys were 3 of our top 4 OBP guys. Look at THIS LIST of the Reds on the Baseball Reference web site.
Anyone who uncervalues OBP, and overvalues BA - really has no clue how to create runs in this day and age.
There are also some good Dusty quotes on there.
One thing's for sure, we have plenty of fans who think the same way as Dusty, and they are surely getting what they asked for. Call it "small ball" if you will, but I call it "small scores"...