A Major League GM Can’t Tell the Difference Between Plate Appearances and At-Bats. Yep, it’s Ruben Amaro, Jr.
Over at The Good Phight, David S. Cohen wrote about something Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. said while he was in the Phillies’ broadcast booth in yesterday’s series finale against the San Diego Padres. Speaking about Jimmy Rollins encroaching on Mike Schmidt‘s franchise hits record — Rollins is one hit away from tying him at 2,234 — Amaro expressed amazement that the two had such similar batting averages even though Schmidt had taken just under 900 more plate appearances over his career. As Cohen correctly notes, the difference is walks.
“Yeah, we were checking it out. In fact Schmitty was in the booth yesterday when we were talking about it, and, um, I think it’s about a thousand difference in, ah, plate appearances. Pretty amazing. But their batting averages aren’t that different, which is kind of… weird. I don’t quite understand it.”Ruben Amaro, Jr. on June 13, 2014
Cohen already did the requisite response, so go over to The Good Phight and read that. I’d like to second everyone’s disbelief that a sitting GM in the year 2014 cannot tell the difference between plate appearances and at-bats. Of course, Amaro is already on record as not caring about walks.