bibsybob wrote:sluggers and lead-off hitters cannot be compared, they do vastly different things for the team. They serve different purposes.
Yes they can be compared. Every players' sole importance is to create runs. Thats the point of baseball- to score more runs than the other team. Thats why any player can be compared to another in the same year or couple years.
Since players are supposed to create runs, lets see where Ichiro ranked in Runs Created per 27 outs.
Ichiro 6.07 RC/27 60th in the league
using Hootie's example, Tim Salmon averaged 6.28 RC/27. He doesn't get all the press Ichiro does, so how is Ichiro not at all overrated? Remember, overrated DOES NOT mean bad. It means "not as good as people think he is." Its kind of sad too when someone that many people think is so good creates less runs per 27 outs than guys you never hear about like Brad Wilkerson or Mike Lieberthal.