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08-11-2011, 09:41 PM
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Nothing. I probably shouldn't have phrased it that way.
What I meant is, in a context neutral environment, Victorino would contribute much more offense to his team than Howard, because Victorino been much better at the plate. That's the crux of the RBI debate; players should not be penalized or rewarded for things that are out of their control.
A batter's job is to hit. That's it. He can't control whether there are runners on base when he comes to bat, nor can he control whether or not his teammates drive him in when he reaches base. To say that Howard has been a more productive hitter than Victorino might be true, but that's only because he has far more opportunities to be productive. An entire lineup of hitters with a .932 OPS (Victorino) would score many more runs than an entire lineup of hitters with an .829 OPS (Howard).
Could you not make the same argument that a team full of guys hitting .311 with RISP would score many more runs than hitting .274 w/ RISP?
Obviously Howard gets more chances to drive in runs because of his position in the order, but he bats 4th because of how good he is at driving in runs. Like I said RBI's aren't a very good stat for measuring efficiency, but you can't deny that Howard is one of the best in the game at driving in runs.
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