On Morgan being stupid
Some people have pointed me to Joe Morgan’s latest inanity, where he advocates keeping a different rule book for different season lengths. Which, I suppose, means that we should keep a near-infinite number of rule books, because some teams have games rained out and others don’t. Some years are shortened because of labor problems, or whatever. This is just dumb. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but Dante Bichette holds the record for games played in a 117-game season (with 116).
If we buy into the basic argument here — that different eras should have their own records — we have to get into ridiculous distinctions, like “He had the highest on-base percentage in a year where the average ERA was whatever.”
Baseball changes. Seasons are longer, and travel is both harder and easier than it was then. The equipment is much different. The way the game is played is much different.
Records are records. Ichiro has the most hits of any player in a single season.