Yanks Gamers/Postmortems

Yeah, But The RBI Is Overrated

About one in every four runs scored by the Yankees this post season is attributable to Alex Rodriguez’ bat.

5 replies on “Yeah, But The RBI Is Overrated”

but gerb…it’s his ops+ [or whatever]…that’s the reason for his production…and, get it straight, rbi’s are not “overrated”, they’re “irrelevant”…gimme another heaping helping of irrelevancy please…

If A-Rod’s line this World Series has proven the irrelevancy of any stat, it’s batting average — .222 average, but a .364 OBP and .556 slugging.
Though, dc, since you keep pounding the ignorance drum, I’ll ask you: Does A-Rod have six RBI because he has a .919 OPS, or does he have a .919 OPS because he has six RBI?
I’ll further ask: How much more valuable is A-Rod (.919 OPS, 6 RBI) than Hideki Matsui (1.822 OPS, 2 RBI)? How about Jayson Werth (1.047 OPS, 3 RBI)? Johnny Damon (.911 OPS, 4 RBI)?
And Derek Jeter: .364/.391/.455 line. But only 1 RBI. Has he provided more value than Robinson Cano, who also has 1 RBI (and a line of .167/.158/.167)?
Tony Armas, 1981: .261/.294/.480, 76 RBI
Tony Armas, 1983: .218/.254/.453, 107 RBI
Joe Carter, 1990: .232/.290/.391, 115 RBI
Julio Lugo, 2007: .237/.294/.349, 73 RBI
J.D. Drew, 2009: .279/.392/.522, 68 RBI
If RBI show little correlation to a player’s actual production (Joe Carter’s 1990. Tony Armas’ 1981 vs. 1983. Julio Lugo’s 2007 vs. J.D. Drew’s 2009.), what exactly do you think makes them relevant?

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