Why are so many complaining about MIlton Bradley and his low batting average? That is easy, often we all get too caught up in stats, especially the batting average, home run total, and runs batted in of a hitter.
Sure we all want to see him hitting 300, but he is doing what a great hitter with a great eye does, take what is given to him, and be selective. In the process, he is forcing pitchers to throw strikes, and by not chasing pitches he is showing us why he is an on base machine. This also allows the other hitters on the team to see what the pitch selection of the pitcher is, which should help the other hitters, right?
In recent times, we all have complained about:
- Theriot and his inability to walk.
- Fukudome or Lee swinging at pitches that are not strikes trying to force hits (leading to strike outs and double plays too often)
- Soriano swinging at pitches in the first row behind the first base dugout.
- Countless others like Cedeno, Pie or Patterson and how they could not walk
So which is the lesser of two evils here,
- Milton Bradley taking walks, being selective, forcing pitchers to throw strikes
- MIlton Bradley trying to force hits and swinging at everything that is close to the plate, leading to some weak outs or strike outs
Personally, I will take the walks, knowing that as pitchers start to throw strikes the hits will come, and I believe there will be a multitude of hits that will come sooner than later.