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it contributed to the scoring of an actual run which was recorded on the scoreboard as per the rules of baseball.
I'm not sure what the "it" is there.
If you don't hit a homerun and drive yourself in, you're dependent on other people for the value your "discreet event" generates.
The value may or may not be realized.
But its stored potential can be either unleashed or lost forever. It doesn't have any value standing alone.
The RBI hitter deserves credit for driving in a run. Without him, no run scores.
leadoff single that doesn't score is worthless outside of the margins of "pitcher fatigue" or some such.
If so, a leadoff single that DOES score is also worthless. Both singles have only contributed to a "might happen."
Neither single is valuable in and of itself.
The single that contributed to an actual run scored contributed to a "did happen." That's the critical distinction.
Exactly. And they are equal in this regard. Or in my triple/pinch-runner example, do you think the player is still adding/subtracting value from the bench?
Players don't create value. Teams do.
If you have 2 $5 bills in your pocket right now, they have the exact same value no matter what happens to them in the future.
This is simply wrong on its own terms. An RBI doesn't "partition" anything. It tabulates the number of runs scored as part of the game event involving a player's hit (or sac fly or FC). That's all it does.
Which is zero until they're converted into something else -- much like the leadoff single.
Money is both a store of value and a medium of exchange; a leadoff single is neither.
There are no time machines that go backwards.
Sure there are.
The single has value which can decay to zero with the passage of baseball time.
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