Originally Posted by blandman
Is this slugging neutral? Because if so that's an absolutely asinine argument. Getting on base is getting on base, whether via walk or single. Over the course of 500 plate appearances, that's ten fewer outs. You'd just give away ten outs because you don't like that someone walked instead of got a single?
Not that simple, either. A single can move a runner to 3rd, or drive a runner in from second. Not sure if that's worth 10 outs a year or not.