"Look at it, man", he said as if he had read my thoughts. "they call it America, and they call it civilization, and they call it television, and they believe in it and salute it and sing songs to it and eat and sleep and die still believing in it, and---and---I don't know", he said, taking another drag, "then some time the Mets come along and win the World Series___" Gram Parsons, quoted by Stanley Booth in Dance With The Devil
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.