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11-16-2012, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by topched View Post
Quantitatively using sabremetrics as well as taking into account more than .avg rbi and home runs... things like sb's... you're definitely right there was one player who could be considered quantitatively more valuable... and thats Trout.
Sabremetrics is subjective and theoretical. That's the big difference here.

Originally Posted by topched View Post
Hitting is hitting is hitting. Whether there are 3 men on base or 0, its the exact same skill. Putting the bat to the ball and hoping it lands somewhere it can't be corralled. Passing in hockey is MUCH different. You must get to open space, find the open player and put the puck on his stick. There are roughly infinity different scenarios and ways in which you can make a play to collect an assist. There is only one way to step to the plate and put the bat to the ball.
This isn't as simple as putting a ball to a bat where no scenario, pressure, or necessity matter. If that were the case, A-Rod would be a happy man.

And to suggest that players can't pull or drive to gaps, or go long for the sac fly, etc. undermines the art of hitting altogether.

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