Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Strikeouts are a pain, but they don't hurt ... much
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Atlanta's Justin Upton hasn't struck out fewer than 121 times in a full major league season. Former Braves home run king Hank Aaron never struck out more than 97 times in a season. (Associated Press photo)
Atlanta's Justin Upton hasn't struck out fewer than 121 times in a full major league season. Former Braves home run king Hank Aaron never struck out more than 97 times in a season. (Associated Press photo)
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It's always fun to be the guy who leads baseball in home runs, which is Atlanta's Justin Upton with 13, by the way.

But it's fun to track the guys who strike out the most, too. It's interesting to think that a player can be good enough at everything else, his team seems willing to put up with all those times he connects with nothing but air.

Heading into Friday's games, Oakland's Chris Carter leads the majors with 60 strikeouts in only 138 at-bats. More than 43 percent of the time he records an official at-bat, he strikes out.

Three active players -- Mark Reynolds, Adam Dunn and Drew Stubbs -- have struck out at least 200 times in a season. They're the only ones in baseball history to reach that milestone. Another active player, Ryan Howard, got to 199 in two different seasons. But they still have jobs. In the majors. To play baseball.

This is a marked difference from when I grew up, and our coaches acted like striking out was the worst thing. They emphasized contact, contact, contact. If you got two strikes on you, you were supposed to choke up on the bat, make contact and ground out to second base. And everybody patted you on the back for grounding out.

Thank goodness for today's players, because somebody along the way finally figured out that a strikeout and a groundout are both outs.

And if you can crank the ball out of the park like Reynolds, who leads the American League with 11 home runs, does it really hurt if he waves at a few and heads back to the dugout?

Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Read "In My Opinion" in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.
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