Thursday, July 26, 2012
The "hardest" thing in sports
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say, "hitting a pitch is the hardest thing to do in sports." This is the dumbest statement, because it's both incorrect and pointless. The stat people always use is "3 out of 10" is a successful hitter. The problem is that 3 out of 10 is a batting average. Batting average isn't hitting a pitch. Batting average is getting a base hit. That's not the same thing. If you literally mean "hitting a pitch," then hitters hit pitches more than 30% of the time (they don't literally miss the ball on 70% of their swings). And if you mean "getting a hit is the hardest thing in sports," then you're making a completely pointless statement. Baseball is played 1 on 9. Of course getting hit involves such a low success rate. So can we please never use the phrase "hitting a pitch is the hardest thing to do in sports" ever again? Because you're either saying something that's not true or you're not even saying what you mean, and what you mean is a completely pointless statement. Either way, it's time to put that idiotic phrase to rest.