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homerunhitter wrote:In real baseball Ichiro is not overrated. You damn Yankee fans probably don't even watch him play.
He is the ultimate team player. He doesn't try to hit homeruns and never takes free passes. One telling stat is the number of hits he's compiled. So far he's leading both leagues with 130 hits and is 2nd in batting average. Melvin Mora, who leads the AL in avg, only has 93 hits.
Another stat that goes overlooked is his batting avg w/ RISP, which is .389 since he started in 2001.
Sure he may not have the usual fantasy numbers, but if your a true fan of the actual game of baseball, you will not find a better right fielder anywhere. Batting average, speed, and defense can help a team more than homeruns, strikeouts, and injuries.
flloyd wrote:blankman, I'm with you on this one. I also think that Ichiro is overrated by baseball fans and critics. He is good but not as great as others and he doesn't do some of the things that a leadoff hitter should do as has been mentioned previosly.
For a good definition of what it means to be overrated people should read ESPNs article on their definition of overrated. It really is an interesting read.
d wrote:Thanks Hootie, I actually think RC is quite accurate too and I know that it isn't something like rbi and runs. I'm no expert with scouting and those measurements, so please correct me if I'm wrong.
Since sacrifice flies, sacrifice hits and # of at-bats are some of the factors in the Runs Created formula. So, I guess the position that a player bats in the order would still affect the result.
homerunhitter wrote:I like how you conveniently ignored the fact that since Ichiro has joined the Mariners they have won the most games in baseball. Plus I don't think you East Coasters actually watch Ichiro play. I honestly feel sorry for you guys who are missing Ichiro play. Do yourself a favor and quit quoting what the so called "experts" say and watch him play. Then you'll see what I'm talking about.
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