Baseball 71: Ichiro

Let’s talk for a moment about that most volatile of statistics, that strange collection of consonants and vowels, the much beloved and loathed: Babip.

You sometimes see it in all capital letters: BABIP.

Sometimes, you see it with both Bs capitalized, so that it is the musical BaBip.

It is, I believe, pronounced BA-bip, emphasis on the BA (the sound in “bad…

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