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Reducing Baseball to Numbers Is an Insult to The Game Itself

Published by on April 23, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

It's no secret that baseball fans are obsessed with numbers. It seems 3000, 500, and 300 are benchmarks for automatic fame, while the numbers 61, 70, and 73 have caused an outpouring of controversy, news, and debates over punctuation additions.

The difference between .299 and .300 is much greater than the tenth of a percentage point it actually is, practically speaking.  In his autobiography, Mickey Mantle actually lamented batting .298 for his career.  Good lord, the man has the 19th best all-time on base percentage; he's by far the highest switch hitter in OBP and he's fourth amongst retired switch-hitters in batting average.  Yet, the power we've given that stupid numeric plateau gave him regret over missing wha...

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