wrveres wrote:Stolen basis definelty count !!! You can't just discount a major stat like that because it's convient .. last I checked, the object of the game is to score more runs. period ..
and while you are playing what if ... ..
What if Barry got to play in Yankee Stadium for most of his career. a park built for a left handed hitter. One named Ruth.
.. or ..
What if Barry had the same type of line-up protection that was afforded Ruth his whole career. Barry has 'NEVER' had protection. Kent for a few often injured seasons, but that it.
I'm pretty sure The Babe hit more HR's on the road than at home....... regardless, whatever the park dimensions were, all of Ruth's opponents played in those SAME parks. And he was still miles better than ALL of them. Much moreso than Barry is, relative to his peers.
And I'm not saying SB's don't count because it's convenient. But if you count runs, then counting SB's is somewhat redundant. And if not completely redundant, then they still aren't significant enough to change my opinion on any player. Rickey has the MLB record for SB's.......... is it a coincidence that he also has the MLB record for runs scored? No. For the same reason I don't take K's into account when rating pitchers......... it's pointless.
From 1918-1931, Babe Ruth led the league in OPS in every full season he played. Bonds has led the league 6 times........... not even close to the 13 Babe had. And they've both played roughly the same amount of games.
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