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Will MLB see another player hit .400 again?
Mon, July 21, 2008

It has been 67 years since Ted Williams reached the elusive plateau of .400 and Chipper Jones' flirtation with it this season has only reinforced how difficult chasing it will be.

Jones didn't even get into mid-August like former San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn or to Aug. 2 the way former Toronto Blue Jays first baseman John Olerud did in 1993 (he ended up winning a batting title at .363), and buzz was already starting to build before injuries set him back.

Do you think hitting .400 is still attainable in this day and age of relief pitchers? Have your say in our forum.

Hitting .400 still possible?



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Anything is possible, especially if the strike zone gets any smaller.
Russ, 2008-08-03 00:45:47

A few have come close - for at least two-thirds of a season - but baseball is totally different now than in Williams' time, primarily in relation to the pitching. Now they have LH and RH specialists who come in to face one or two batters at key times, and you can bet that any hitter flirting with .400 is going to draw lots of "specialist" attention.

It would be nice to see and add interest to the season - but I doubt it.
Gary O., 2008-07-21 14:24:45

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