Measurement of your batters' productivity has traditionally been based on RBI (runs batted in). One of the reasons, players like to brag about "ribbies" is because it's an obvious contributor to the game results. Besides, you can get an RBI without getting a hit... a sacrifice fly or sac bunt will do it. Or a ground out that brings in the lead runner from 3rd. Heck, if the bases are loaded, even a walk earns you a RBI.
"Ribbies" are great, they make the batters feel good, but the way RBIs are awarded is not the whole story ...there 's still a what-if factor...
What if nobody scores?
Suppose, you have a runner on first, and the batter does his job and hits behind the runner to get him to 2nd base or even 3rd. If he does it with a hit, the batter gets credited with something positive. Or if he does it with a bunt. But there are others ways
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