Yeah I said it.
Maybe this has been covered already though my 30 second search of the site did not turn up anything.
But Beckham's four walks on Saturday made me realize something. He had a pretty darn good game. But looking at the graphic on tv, or looking at the box score, it would not be immediately obvious.
When he came to the plate before his 4th walk, the graphic said, 0-1, 3 walks. Saw the 0-1 and frowned. Saw the three walks and smiled. And when he got his fourth walk I thought, that's a pretty good day! 4 for 5! even though his "BA" takes a small hit.
I'm proposing a sea change in MLB coverage. I want to see "3-4, 3 walks" representing plate appearances and hence OBP, rather than "0-1, 3 walks". Give us the times on base v. plate appearance, and then the details. For instance, the Rios graphic from Saturday night's game would read "3-4, triple, walk" instead of "2-3, triple, walk."
But that's small time. I want to see the box scores reflecting PA instead of AB, and OBP instead of BA. Yeah, you heard me. You can see something like 2 hits in 4 AB and then the doubles, triples, and homers are itemized. Then you see the walks all alone like they count for nothing. Instead of Beckham's box score line being 0-1, 4 walks, I want to see the true value - 4-5, 4 walks.
It's time to end this charade.