Last edited by ipitch; 11-07-2010 at 05:55 PM.
I don't feel confused. A 1% variance between home/road BA's is consistent enough for me, especially over that long of a career. If you prefer Luis Gonzalez's superior consistency, fine. I'm not confusing greatness and consisterncy, I'm looking at the combination of the two that is evident in Stan Musial's career.
What's the rumpus?
By the way, WHEN was the league differential .01 ["approximately"]? And which "points" are you giving and which are you taking?
What most of us on htis thread are talking about is consistent greatness.
Who gives a holy chaw about a player who is consistently BAD???
---Or about consistent nitpicking?
What's a fact is that you have just got to have your own way, no matter how twisted, and are completely intolerant of those who see the forest as WELL as the trees.
Debate it all you want. It won't change the truth of it.
What I did do is pick 5 pretty good players, at random, and checked their splits. Two of them had identical home and road averages for their career (Luis Gonzalez and Garret Anderson). I'm not about to spend an hour looking for 18 more of them, but I'm sure they're out there.
Eyeballing the stats, it looks like the difference between home and road averages was about .010. I'm not about waste an hour calculating it exactly. There's no point in doing that. It makes little difference if it's .005, .010, or .015.
To sum up: Musial was a great, great hitter. Consistency-wise, he was par for the course. But, not having the same home and road batting averages is certainly no big deal at all. It doesn't even drop him down one bit in my book.
Last edited by ipitch; 11-08-2010 at 06:11 PM.