Home Run Value, Revisited

Who knows?

Maybe it is because I was never really good at hitting them. Maybe it is because Billy Beane wrote that book about how on-base percentage smells better than home runs. Whatever the reason, here I am, trying to debunk the notion that home runs are worth more than what is already accounted for. Again.

I am not talking about entertainment value, of course. The wow factor of a Brandon Allen’s shot over the foul pole is off any chart I could ever make. But, that’s not the question. The question is, are HR – as a working tool for creating runs – underrated? Are they necessary? Can they be replaced with other tools of same quality?

In case you missed it back then, joined AN later or just don’t like my writings, I did a piece on succeeding without HR power. And for what its worth, it backed up the theory that it doesn’t matter what portion of your eggs is in the HR basket. But simulations made in mothers’ basements are one thing, real life baseball something completely different. Here is another attempt to answer the question – are HR new undervalued commodity?

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Of athletes and engineers

He is 15 years old and blessed with such athletic grace that he makes us look like we’re trying to waltz with concrete boots on. His stage is a soccer pitch and in his short and booming career he has competed on local, regional, national and even international level, playing and excelling against kids two years older than himself.

And yet, while Baraka Laizer sometimes dreams of becoming a soccer player, all he dares wishing for is an equally improbable dream – he wants an education.

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