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mcgwire .417

I'll stay away from yesterday's Hall of Fame news. I'm in the minority after reading most of the posts. HoF lost me long ago with inclusions of Drysdale, Cepeda, Rizzuto, Mazeroski, Gary Carter, Rice, Goose. That's another topic. I've moved on. One of the only benefits of aging process is I obsess less about things I can't do anything about. Back to Mac. Surprises me when he is dismissed so universally as not being HoF worthy. Steroids knock him out. I get it. .417. Baseball is about runs. My favorite, in fact, the only stat I look at for hitters, is runs plus rbi divided by ab's. You get double credit for hr's because you should. You get credit for walks because they don't show up in the ab number. Some historical averages based on this stat: Mays .364, Aaron .361, Ted Williams .471, Ruth .522, Barry Bonds .428. and 4 examples of HoF'ers with similar slugger/first baseman lineage: Stargell .345, Cepeda .314, Killebrew .351, Mccovey .339. Mac .417.

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