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Thursday, December 31, 2009
Big Mac came with two dimensions


Viva El Birdos on the notion that Mark McGwire doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame because he was a one-dimentional slugger.
I have expressed my support for McGwire, but it's far from unqualified. Given his limitations as a fielder and baserunner, I'm more than willing to listen to counter-arguments.

But if you tell me that McGwire was one-dimensional, you'll lose me.

As David Pinto cannily notes, there are only three dimensions of offense:

1. Getting on base
2. Hitting for power
3. Running the bases

Mark McGwire excelled at two of those. And the most important two, at that.