Clipping:The reason to favor batting average over slugging percentage

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Date Thursday, September 5, 1867

Our record of bases on hits includes only the number of time bases are made on hits, and not the number of bases made. We find by experience that while it is comparatively easy to record the number of times a batsman makes his base by his hit, it is very difficult to impartially record the number of bases made on hits, for the chances of errors increase very greatly after the batsman has made his first. For instance the batsman hits a grounder out of possible reach of the in-fielder, and it is stopped by an out-fielder, who cannot throw it well, and the batsman, without stopping, runs to second; now in once sense he has made two bases on his hit and yet he has but fairly earned one. This same rule especially applies to home runs, in fact there is not one run out of twenty, recorded as home runs, which are in fact fair bases earned by the bat. We have, therefore, concluded to record the number of times bases are made, in preference to the number of bases.

Source Ball Players Chronicle
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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