Thursday, August 19, 2010

Boz, Meet Context. Context, Meet Boz.

For chrissake, a home run in 1968 is not the same as a home run in 2003. A home run (or an RBI) in the Great American Small Park in 2003 is absolutely not the same thing as a home run in Candlestick Park in 1968 or Yankee Stadium in 1960 when runs per game were three runs lower than they are today. This is self-evident to any half-wit paying the slightest bit of attention.

So I ask, will we ever stop getting garbage like this from the Washington Post's supposedly expert baseball columnist?:
For example, Dunn averages 1.61 RBI-per-home run in his career (and 1.5 this season). This measures whether he tends to hit bases-empty homers or when men are on base. This places him above Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Palemiro (among others) who hit 500 homers. He's also well ahead of current stars like Chipper Jones, Vlad Guerrero and slightly ahead of Ryan Zimmerman.
Just retire, please. You're hurting me.


Nate said...

Dude, take a valium. There's fisking and then there's cherry-picking. You'd have to really stretch to read Boswell as saying that Dunn's a better hitter than Mays, Mantle, Robinson, et al.

What he did say in the excerpt is inarguably factually accurate. Since, as you say, the folly of comparing home runs across eras is self-evident to any half-wit paying attention (which you obviously were) why assume the worst of Boz?

Harper said...

I'm more perturbed by the fact the whole argument over Adam Dunn devolved into a discussion over clutch hitting, where in he showed how it doesn't really exist and then simply chose to ignore that fact.