The Importance of Batting Titles

Generally, we are a very positive website, but we will take a 180 and trash Jose Reyes for the way he bowed out of fully completing for a Batting Title today.  Reyes took himself out of today's game after he successfully bunted on base, making it easier for him to win the Batting Crown, thus making us wonder aloud if he had an incentive in his contract for that, and if so, will he buy a set of balls.

Here is are other question.  With the increase push on Sabremetrics, will it come soon that is more important to win th On Base Percentage Title?  Doesn't yet have the same ring yet does it?  For the record, Reyes finished 8th in the OBP race in the NL, 32 points behind Joey Votto of the Reds.  Should this hold more importance than it already does, and does winning the Batting Title hold as much weight as it used to?  Of course for ths site, we ask how much importance this should hold for the Hall of Fame.  For us, and hopefully HOF voters, they will remember how Jose Reyes won his Title today.

Last modified on Thursday, 19 March 2015 18:47

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0 #2 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
I know I'm a little behind the times here, but Reyes's stunt was pretty bush-league. And, yes, it should be more important to win the on-base percentage title--bette r yet, the OPS (on-base plus slugging) title.

>>Should this hold more importance than it already does, and does winning the Batting Title hold as much weight as it used to?

Great question. Obviously, it mattered to Reyes. And I think a lot of players, even those SABR-savvy ones, still think about batting average because of the historical import and because it is a highly visible skill: A walk looks subtle from the stands--did the batter really have a selective eye? or did the pitcher just miss his spots?--but "hittin ' 'em where they ain't&qu ot; has been a demonstrable thrill for a century and a half, from the sandlot to Fenway Park.
0 #1 Dr Clayton Forrester -0001-11-30 00:00
It was absolutely pathetic what he did.

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