Anonymous wrote:Does your SLG % need to be high if you can steal 2b or 3b when needed. In my opinion a single followed by a steal of 2b is as good as a double. When there are runners on 2nd and 3rd down by 1 with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth Ichiro is the guy I want at the plate. I'd say he isn't overrated at all. He is just a different type of outfielder then the prototypical that gets it done in his own way.
A double is better than a single and a SB because :
1) With a double the player is already at 2B
2) Ichiro doesn't and can't run after every single. Ichiro has 99 singles this year so far. He only has 23 SB and 6 CS.
3) When he gets a CS he removes a potential run scored AND make's an out.
So, it's pretty obvious that a double is better than a single and a SB.
I'll say this again. Ichiro is a very good player. He plays great defense and hits for high average. He helps his team win. Is he an elite offensive force? I say NO. When people state that he is as dominant as Bonds, Pujols, Ramirez, Giambi, Edmonds, Sheffield, Thomas then they are overrating him. He is NOT in that class.
People keep saying that he can hit for power. Well, then why doesn't he? How can someone argue that hitting for high BA, stealing bases and not hitting for power is better than hitting for a high BA, stealing bases and hitting for power? That doesn't make any sense. Hitting for power is just not hitting HRs but also hitting doubles and triples and he doesn't do that. A player can hit for power and not hit 40 HRs. If someone hits 50 doubles, 20 triples, and 15 HRs, to me that is a power hitter (Nomar comes to mind).