Devaluing the RBI

About a week ago, I heard an MLB Radio network commentator say  Jeff Kent deserved to be in the Hall of Fame, which isn’t big news in itself. Plenty of fans and media personnel feel the same way. What came next was both surprising and disappointing. This particular analyst continued to make his case for Kent by noting Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson “only” had four seasons with 100-plus runs batted in (RBI) compared to Kent’s eight. Somehow, this rationale was supposed to reinforce Kent’s case. At this point,…

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