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I'm catching up on my reading: "The Book" circa 2007. I noticed something interesting.
Weighted On Base Average (wOBA) has Non Intentional Bases on Balls (NIBB) , Hit By Pitch (HBP) and even Reached Base On Error (RBOE) but it does not have Intentional Bases on Balls (IBB).
I find this curious. The batter receives no credit for an IBB. Why not? Doesn't the team get the same benefit as a NIBB? The IBB is considered a non event, similar to what I described in the thing I wrote January 21, 2009 unaware of the mysteries of wOBA, much as I remain today.
We can dig up Babe Ruth's remains, place it in the batters box and eventually the Babe will get credit for yet another walk.
I was born the year the Babe died and still he reaches from the grave.