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questions like this should always be preceded or followed by questions to determine whether the person has any idea what they're talking about.
Yet there is still a lot of push back against stats like WAR. The majority of fans still don’t trust it or believe in it. A few weeks ago, SportsNation asked on ESPN.com, “Do you consider WAR to be a useful statistic in evaluating baseball players?” The “no” votes outweighed the “yes” votes 63 to 37 percent. It was a landslide rebellion against new metrics.
As I tell my beginning statistics students, such a poll isn't completely worthless--but it's so close to being completely worthless that it might as well be.
The false precision in WAR renders it almost useless.(*)
(*) Under the strict definition of the term, meaning WAR doesn't really tell you anything you can't glean from reviewing data other than WAR.
that makes sense -- and measures actual events
I'll just drop in to say the SBB has no ####### idea what he's talking about.
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