Originally posted by crzy:
Originally posted by Niners99:
he chooses to hit for avg. he has pop
I respect Ichiro. And I think he's the best singles hitter in history.
But I don't believe that he chooses not to hit home runs to preserve his average. I don't think he's capable of hitting home runs.
Frankly, Ichiro as a player is very overrated. His highest OPS is 869.
he actually does have some power. its not 30-40 HR power, but i bet you he could hit 25 if he changed up his strategy. it obviously wouldnt make as much sense to his game to do so.
.332 career avg, 2001 ROY and AL MVP, 2 time AL batting champion, has led the league in hits 5 times, and working on what will probably be his 6th, as well as 4th straight season doing so. 334 steals in 8.5 seasons, 100+ runs in 8 straight seasons, 8 straight gold gloves, and what might be the strongest OF arm in baseball.
throw power and rbis out the window. hes a leadoff hitter. like i stated before, after 8.5 seasons he is on pace to break Pete Rose's all time hits record in 6 fewer seasons that Rose did it.
if you want to call all that overrated, i cant agree with you. if he retired today, he would probably make the hall of fame after only 8 seasons.
[ Edited by Niners99 on Jul 19, 2009 at 8:55 PM ]