You clowns act like I'm saying EM sucked. He didn't. He was very effective at the plate. Just not as effective as you think.
Per PA rate: Whiffs 13.9% of the time. Walks 14.8%. Pretty good but Bernie whiffed less(13.4%) and walked less(11.8%).
When EM didn't walk, he whiffed 16.7% of the time as compared to BW's 15.4%.
IOW, BW was better at making contact with the ball.
To be honest, I looked this up to say "Maybe EM was so confident in his ability to make contact, he'd take one/two strikes with regularity." If that was the case, he should have been less confident than BW.
At the end of the day, he was GREAT at taking a walk. And a very good hitter(just like Bernie).