The_Met_Threat wrote:RynMan wrote:Can anyone explain to me why batting average on balls into play is relevant for a hitter?
I doubt that a hitter has that much control so that he can aim a hit inbetween the second basemen and the Center fielder almost every time. Im sure they can aim their hits but its very hard to pinpoint exactly where they want the ball to go, so a high BABIP would lead to the assumption that alot of his hit balls have fallen luckily. It really isn't that much of an indicator for hitters tho.
What he said...all a hitter can do is hit the ball with a certain amount of authority in a certain general direction - beyond that it's in the hands of luck/defense/other things outside the batter's control as to whether it falls for a hit or not. That's why you would consider a hitter varying wildly from their career norms in BABIP to either be lucky or unlucky (depending on which direction they're varying).