hmm, how is it a fallacy that a home run also provides arun and an rbi?
A stolen base may lead to a run, but it doesn't necessarily have to. And it certainly doesn't provide a home run or rbi.
I'm not implying that there is some double dipping going on. Christ, sometimes people miss a larger point in their effort to nitpick.
I wish we could find this article. The point being, that there was no way you could lose the hr category if you had ruth. Unless you totally took the worst players of the area, you would sweep all the hitting cats. 177 runs, 59 home runs, 171 rbi, while batting .378? Think of what ichiro did for team averages that year? Actually, its like if ichrio suddenly became a power hitter and didn't lose average. I don't see how Ruth's 1921 season is even debateable to be honest. The next highest hr producer (mixed) had 24 home runs. If you played in a normal league, the rest of the power would be too carved up for anyone to do anything about ruth's disproportionate effect. There were only (I believe) 14 other guys who even broke 100 rbi, and the high 120's is the next closest anyone comes to him.
As for your career examples, what do any of those have to do with the fact that the year in question, no one held a candle to the Babe? We aren't talking about 1922-1931, we are talking about 1921... and he provided double-digit steals. This is the most monstrous season--especially when you consider that fantasy is a game of relativity. I can't think of a player who has outproduced his peers by such a wide margin in any other season.
well then, in that case pedro's sub 1.00 whip year was out of hand. Didn't he have 300ks?
BTW, I have read the information with steals being more valuable than hr's, and I think there is a lot of merit to it.
Although, the simple fact remains that a guy who contributes to three categories is be definition more important than a guy who is hollow and only contributes one. Although, depending on steal totals, obvisouly an overwhelming amount of one category can net more points than good production in three.
Point being, I don't think you can summarily say one way or the other, since it depends on a specific player. But all else being equal, I am going to try and have 3/5 of my score be good, rather than 1 or 2 at the most like the sb guy gets.