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How Mets' Jeff McNeil is comparable to MLB hitters of the past

Hitting for average is seemingly a lost art in today's MLB.

"These guys (current players) are entirely focused on power, things like exit velocity," a minor-league hitting instructor recently told me. "They almost never talk about batting average."

And then there's Jeff McNeil...

"It's always been important to me," McNeil said during spring training last year.

Since making his big-league debut in July 2018, McNeil has the third-best batting average in the National League trailing only Christian Yelich and Anthony Rendon.

It would be an understatement to say batting average is on the decline in baseball.