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Mathletics by Wayne L. Winston

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WHO HAD A BETTER YEAR,NOMAR GARCIAPARRA OR ICHIRO SUZUKI?

The Runs-Created Approach

In 2004 Seattle Mariner outfielder Ichiro Suzuki set the major league record for most hits in a season. In 1997 Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra had what was considered a good (but not great) year. Their key statistics are presented in table 2.1. (For the sake of simplicity, henceforth Suzuki will be referred to as “Ichiro” or “Ichiro 2004” and Garciaparra will be referred to as “Nomar” or “Nomar 1997.”)

Recall that a batter's slugging percentage is Total Bases (TB)/At Bats (AB) where

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We see that Ichiro had a higher batting average than Nomar, but ...

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