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?
I think his argument is that you can't score via walk unless the bases are loaded, and though the guy with the .340 OBP makes ten more outs, he gives the team a much greater chance of scoring with the .080 increase in BA. Of course, this all depends, as you have said on said player's slugging %. However all else equal I see his point. You don't score runner on 2nd or 3rd by talking a walk, but you do by hitting a single.