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To heck with the awards, Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier is good as gold

ARLINGTON, Texas — Some baseball numbers are unimpeachable. You can argue context, you can argue era, but you cannot argue the significance of a .406 batting average. Or a 56-game hitting streak. Or 4,256 hits.

More than any sport, baseball is built upon numbers. In recent years, the numbers have grown more sophisticated and the stories they tell are less romantic, but the validity of numbers should almost always be trusted.

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