Originally Posted by whitesoxfan1986
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.
You make more outs putting the ball in play too. Not just yourself. If you're talking a pitch, you can't be doubled up. There's two sides to that argument and generally those things tend to even out. Most would agree the guy with a .340 obp is simply a worse overall hitter.