DETROIT, MI - APRIL 10: So much ballplayer in such a tight space. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Jeff Francoeur is tied for the American League lead in RBIs this season, with 16. Francoeur shares real estate atop the leaderboard with bonafide sluggers such as Adrian Beltre and Mark Teixeira. On his heels, the venerable Paul Konerko. Amidst such company, Francoeur has signaled his return to prominence. For whatever it's worth, MLB Network certainly considers him the true leader. Francoeur's face has been staring at viewers all night, because the league leader in RBIs gets marquee treatment.
You win with runs and you get runs from run producers and you measure run producers by RBIs. But don't take my word for it:
Baseball Digest, June 1950, page 55 "Baseball's Greatest Hitters":
"To get the true worth of Gehrig's batting prowess it is preferable to take his runs batted in marks rather than any of his other figures."
I don't know why we'd treat Francoeur any different.
This is completely irrelevant, but I wanted to mention it because I am into numerology. Billy Butler has a .476 OBP this season.