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There are currently 17 hitters (who qualify) in MLB with an OBP of .400+. Of those 17, only one has a higher OBP% than SLG%. Any guesses? Of those 17 OBP leaders, only one has less than 15 RBI. Any guesses?
Of those 17 OBP leaders, Mauer has a SLG% 80 points below the hitter in front of him.
My point is, it is possible to have a high OBP, and still hit for power. One of those 17 is NOT like the others.
I understand the importance of on base percentage. It's a team stat. There is a correlation between team OBP and runs scored.
Individual hitting is way more than just OBP. Circumstance, situation matters.
Down by 1 Run. Bottom of the 9th. 2 outs. Runner on 1st. Who do you want at the plate? If your answer is Mauer, and you believe getting on base is the most important thing, I void your answer because your true answer is you want the guy batting behind him, because you're pleased with Mauer getting on base and shifting the burden to a lesser hitter behind him.
There are situations and circumstances when it's okay to do more than draw a walk. Protect your individual, robotic OBP and lose the game.
< Message edited by JT2 -- 5/18/2018 1:16:58 AM >