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OBP and SLG are much more interesting to a casual fan as it describes the batter much better even if giving a more imprecise value. Maybe this has already been hashed out here.
Billy Beane should have never sold those sabermetrics.
Oh, and ERA often depends on the whims of the official scorer, so how real that number is for any given pitcher is open to question.
When I think of the BCS rankings, the first description that comes to mind is not "popular with the casual fan."
The overwhelming majority of runs are earned, and most of the errors that are handed out are pretty straightforward and inarguable.
No one, AFAICT, uses RBIAA or RBIAR.
How often have you seen someone claim a player is more valuable than another becomes he has a WAR that's 10% higher? End of discussion, the number rules.
Of course, half the problem are the errors not handed out.
But pretty much everyone here accepts that anything less than a difference of 1 WAR is withing the margin for error, and debatable
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