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  1. A couple of thoughts:

    Kendrick may not need to be nearly as high as .360 to win the title. An example that comes to mind is Bill Mueller, who won the AL title as recently as 2003 with a .326 average.

    I’m not sure I understand or agree with your statement that power hitters have an easier time winning the batting title. Is it really true that Ichiro Suzuki will have a tougher time winning the batting crown than, say, Miguel Cabrera or Josh Hamilton? I think high strikeout rates will hamper most power hitters from competing in the batting average department. And for those guys with power who don’t strike out too much – well, they’re just better hitters overall than an Austin Jackson or a Brett Gardner.

    Comment by Red Sox Talk — October 14, 2010 @ 9:42 am

  2. they’re just better hitters overall than an Austin Jackson or a Jacoby Ellsbury.

    Fixed that – much better. :-)

    Comment by BWOzar — October 14, 2010 @ 11:33 am

  3. I’ve always loved the oft-heard statement: “Howie Kendrick will win a batting crown some day.”

    Because the statement is always uttered by the same people who scoff at the value of batting average in the first place.

    Just one of those funny ironies in this fantasy life we lead. It’s the same people who are always touting . . . Alex Gordon . . . Matt Laporta . . . Jeremy Hermida . . . .

    Comment by dcrowell — October 14, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

  4. Than Ellsbury? He doesn’t strike out too much, and he was only 25 during his last full season. He may still have 15 hr pop in his prime.

    Comment by R M — October 17, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

  5. I don’t think a BABIP of .440 *has* ever happened. I was tracking Austin Jackson’s “chase” of a .400 BABIP for most of the regular season and when it looked in late September as if he’d do it I decided to see when it was last done. At the time his BABIP was .415 and I also looked to see when a player last had one of .415. Without going too far on the tangent, I’ll just say that the highest that I was able to find in a qualifying number at-bats was .423 by Babe Ruth in 1923. George Sisler had .422 in 1922 and Rogers Hornsby had .422 in 1924. So unless I missed out on a player, .440 hasn’t happened.

    As an aside, Jackson’s plummeted at the end of the year and ended up at .396.

    Comment by Larry Smith Jr. — October 18, 2010 @ 4:16 am

  6. well ichiro has the amazing abilities to get 250 hits in a season. i dont think that kendrick is ichiro, and i dont think anyone would argue that. and ichiro bats lead off so he gets as many at bats as anyone on that team… and he doesnt exactly get regular off days.

    Comment by phoenix — October 21, 2010 @ 12:33 am

  7. Kendrick has the potential to hit for more power than he does. Plus, you can’t forget that Tony Gwynn did not hit for much power or walk much and won 8 batting titles. The key is slashing line drives the other way. The problem for Kendrick is that he chases bad pitches and hits right handed, giving him a natural disadvantage.

    Comment by AA — October 24, 2010 @ 12:05 am

  8. BWOZar hit the nail on the head. Ellsbury is proving his 15-20HR pop now.

    Comment by Shaun Catron — July 24, 2011 @ 4:16 am

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