Batting Averages can be misleading

Updated: June 20, 2003, 9:33 AM ET
By Jim Baker
Just how badly is defending American League Most Valuable Player Miguel Tejada struggling? Does his poor batting average (.219) indicate that he is a complete and utter breakdown of his skills or is he just a player with a low batting average over the course of 200 or 250 at bats?

My theory is this: if a player's secondary skills are still evident, then the situation cannot be classified as a crisis and, for the most part, Tejada's secondary skills are fairly close to his career averages.

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