Posted by burnsy483 on 2/12/2014 1:57:00 PM (view original):
OK, Mike, so your argument is that he took 16 pitches a year that he could have hit hard, and that's one of the reasons he's not a HOFer?
For ****'s sake, burnsy_luck. Did you read this?
My point, all along, was that I felt EM could have been more valuable to the Mariners by being a tad less selective at the plate.
I'm not going to attempt to guess how many pitches he took per season but he walked 100ish times per 162. That's at least 400 pitches we know, without question, that he took. Let's just assume he took a simple 20% of that in strikes. 80 pitches taken for strikes. Let's say a huge amount of those strikes were of the unhittable variety(64 pitches). So, in summation, he could have hit 16 pitches hard but he chose to take them. I think this is a low number but I'll run with it. Had he put 16 balls in plays instead of walking, maybe he gets 5 hits. I think, given the make-up of Seattle's line-up, that would have been preferred over 16 walks.