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  • Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post
    What does one have to do with the other?
    If Brett won three batting titles over a 15 year time span and Williams won six batting titles over an 18 year time span, then it couldn't be possible that Brett is the only player to win batting titles in three different decades.
    Holding a pitcher accountable for how many runs his team scores is like holding the designated hitter accountable for how many runs his team allows.

    An individual statistic is meaningful only if it is based strictly on what the player does and not on what the other players on his team do.

    Contrary to what most baseball fans claim, a pitched ball which is hit into play is not a strike.

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    • Originally posted by BiZmaRK View Post
      If Brett won three batting titles over a 15 year time span and Williams won six batting titles over an 18 year time span, then it couldn't be possible that Brett is the only player to win batting titles in three different decades.
      When someone says that Brett is the only player to win batting titles in three different decades, they really mean the periods of ten years that end with 9 (eg. 1970-1979). By another definition, you're right, since Williams won one in the 1932-1941 decade, three in the 1942-1951 decade, and two in the 1952-1961 decade.

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      • Originally posted by ipitch View Post
        When someone says that Brett is the only player to win batting titles in three different decades, they really mean the periods of ten years that end with 9 (eg. 1970-1979). By another definition, you're right, since Williams won one in the 1932-1941 decade, three in the 1942-1951 decade, and two in the 1952-1961 decade.
        Is there a definition of decade which states it is a ten year period ending in a year which ends with a nine?
        Holding a pitcher accountable for how many runs his team scores is like holding the designated hitter accountable for how many runs his team allows.

        An individual statistic is meaningful only if it is based strictly on what the player does and not on what the other players on his team do.

        Contrary to what most baseball fans claim, a pitched ball which is hit into play is not a strike.

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        • Originally posted by BiZmaRK View Post
          Is there a definition of decade which states it is a ten year period ending in a year which ends with a nine?
          Yes.

          http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/decade
          1. a period of ten years: the three decades from 1776 to 1806.
          2. a period of ten years beginning with a year whose last digit is zero: the decade of the 1980s.

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          • Originally posted by BiZmaRK View Post
            Is there a definition of decade which states it is a ten year period ending in a year which ends with a nine?
            You know what? That's just silly- 1980 should not be part of the 80s decade. Think it through- there is no year "zero"- the first year in our modern calendar is the year "one"- 1 A.D., right? so the year 10 was the tenth year, not the first, so a decade should (and actually does) begin on the years that end in one and end in zero- which is why, for example, the millenium according to our calendars should have been celebrated December 31st, 2000.

            And if you follow this, then Honus Wagner, who won batting titles (among other years) in 1900, 1909, and 1911, won them in three different decades and George Brett did not.
            "Here's a crazy thought I've always had: if they cut three fingers off each hand, I'd really be a great hitter because then I could level off better." Paul Waner (lifetime .333 hitter, 3,152 lifetime hits.

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            • A decade is any 10-year period. Most of the 1980s is in the 199th decade AD, which is the years 1981-1990. However, the decade of the 1980s is 1980-89. The year 1980 is as much a part of the 1980s as 1984 and 1987.

              Your example of Wagner has merit, and it shows why Brett winning batting titles in 3 decades shouldn't mean much.

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              • Originally posted by Buzzaldrin View Post
                You know what? That's just silly- 1980 should not be part of the 80s decade. Think it through- there is no year "zero"- the first year in our modern calendar is the year "one"- 1 A.D., right? so the year 10 was the tenth year, not the first, so a decade should (and actually does) begin on the years that end in one and end in zero- which is why, for example, the millenium according to our calendars should have been celebrated December 31st, 2000.
                "The 80s" is 1980-1989 because those ten years all have an 8 for the tens digit. The fact that there was no year zero really has nothing to do with it.

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                • Really? So the first decade from when we begin counting years was the years 1-9? Gee, that's only nine years (and there is no year zero so you can't count 0-9), which, surprise surprise, isn't a decade. So...

                  ...no, I got nothing. We count decades backwards till we have nonades?
                  "Here's a crazy thought I've always had: if they cut three fingers off each hand, I'd really be a great hitter because then I could level off better." Paul Waner (lifetime .333 hitter, 3,152 lifetime hits.

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                  • Betcha didn't know that the Cardinals are the only current team that has never had an Asian-born pitcher play for them.

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                    • Originally posted by Buzzaldrin View Post
                      Really? So the first decade from when we begin counting years was the years 1-9? Gee, that's only nine years (and there is no year zero so you can't count 0-9), which, surprise surprise, isn't a decade.
                      No one is disagreeing with you that the first decade was from 1-10, and the second decade was 11-20, and the third decade was 21-30. However, "the 20s" were from 20-29. And, the 1980s were from 1980-1989.

                      This isn't my opinion, it's a fact.
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_decades

                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980s
                      "The 1980s (The Eighties) was the decade that ran from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989."

                      If your grandmother turns 90, would you still consider her to be in her 80s?
                      Last edited by ipitch; 12-10-2009, 02:10 PM.

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                      • Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
                        Betcha didn't know that the Cardinals are the only current team that has never had an Asian-born pitcher play for them.
                        I've been following the Astros closely for 30 years, and am virtually positive they've never had an Asian-born pitcher. When Kaz Matsui was signed a couple years ago, I believe he was the first Asian-born player in franchise history. We do have a top prospect pitcher from Taiwan, Chia-Jen Lo, but he's young, will be at AA this year.
                        Life is complex, it has both real and imaginary parts.

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                        • Originally posted by Mikie View Post
                          I've been following the Astros closely for 30 years, and am virtually positive they've never had an Asian-born pitcher.
                          http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...ccurje01.shtml

                          http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...andost01.shtml

                          I'm wondering about the Angels
                          Last edited by RuthMayBond; 12-10-2009, 01:57 PM.
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                          • Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post
                            I'm wondering about the Angels
                            How could you forget about Shiggy?
                            http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...asegsh01.shtml

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                            • Originally posted by Mikie View Post
                              I've been following the Astros closely for 30 years, and am virtually positive they've never had an Asian-born pitcher. When Kaz Matsui was signed a couple years ago, I believe he was the first Asian-born player in franchise history. We do have a top prospect pitcher from Taiwan, Chia-Jen Lo, but he's young, will be at AA this year.
                              In 1999, the Astros had Jeff McCurry, who was born in Tokyo. In 2007, they had Stephen Randolph, who was born in Okinawa.

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                              • Originally posted by ipitch View Post

                                If your grandmother turns 90, would you still consider her to be in her 80s?
                                To make her happy, sure.
                                "Here's a crazy thought I've always had: if they cut three fingers off each hand, I'd really be a great hitter because then I could level off better." Paul Waner (lifetime .333 hitter, 3,152 lifetime hits.

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