Mookie4ever wrote:How many AB do you need to qualify for the batting title?
How many official AB is Barry on pace for?
That's what I've wondered. He probably will have enough, he has in the past at least, but it does make it "cheap" in a way. It's not his fault he's so good, but when a guy like Pujols has almost 200 more AB's I believe last year, he has to work harder in a way. Don't know if that makes any sense. Just my two cents.
It doesn't make much sense, because you really can't fault a player for having such a great eye. A huge part of rating a hitter when scouting is observing how patient they are at the plate. Barry's bat speed is unreal, and I'm sure he feels he could crush a bunch of the pitches just outside of the strike-zone, but much more often than not, he lets them by, and waits patiently for his pitch.
Sure he also gets intentionally walked alot, but unless there are runnners in scoring position those are just as good from a team perspective as a single. The large amount of walks Barry draws does make .400 more of a possibility, but I would argue that it does not make it easier on Barry, and it certainly wouldn't make the accomplishment "cheap".