To Bill James, players like Tony Perez were overrated and overpaid. Great "rbi men" as they were called, were held up on a pedestal for driving runners across the plate. James saw something different. James was the first to go on record saying that rbi's are the result of a high on base percentage by the players preceding the player credited with an rbi. Seems logical now, but by 1980's baseball standards it was positively heretical. When Tony Perez joined the Red Sox in 1980 the words of Bill James were greatly ignored by those who ran the game and Boston celebrated the arrival of their new rbi king. Three seasons and 175 rbi's later, having failed to reach the postseason even once, the Sox released Perez.
18 bats down 65 to go.