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Starling Marte Could Be An Ichiro-lite

Starling Marte Could Be An Ichiro-lite

Marte is defying the BABIP trend.

Settle down, Francis.  Don't get your jodphurs all knotted up.  I'm not saying that Starling Marte is going to rattle off 10 consecutive 200 hit seasons and be Major League Baseball's best pure hitter.  What I'm saying is that Marte could be the same type of player as Ichiro.  Both players have cannons attached where their arms should be.  Both are excellent swipers of bases.  Both hit for high averages.

What they also both have in common is their uncanny ability to produce abnormally high BABIP's.  BABIP stands for Batting Average on Balls in Play.  It factors what a player's average would be if you account only for balls put in the field of play, so home runs are subtracted from the hit and at-bat totals and strikeouts from the at-bat total.  The full formula is:

BABIP = (Hits - HR)/(At-Bats - Strikeouts - HR + Sacrifice Flies)

BABIP is used as a ground truthing device to determine if a player's to-date performance is "lucky" or "unlucky"...

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