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I understand what SBB is trying to say in this thread, and I respect his position. I can see it making sense to report only on counting statistics that a player has produced, and to try to leave the analysis portion out of the broadcast as much as possible.
That we did something 50 or 100 years ago is not an effective argument that we should still do it.
Putting aside how trite an argument that is, nothing has changed over the past 50 or 100 years warranting a change in approach.
Is OPS+ pronounced OPS Plus or Relative OPS?
The announcers aren't doing their job if they're babbling about the HOF during a game, either. It's hard to believe that (most) baseball announcers can't think of things to say about what and who they're watching, and have to default to the patois and content of the guy on the far left stool at Moe's -- but I guess that's the state of the craft today.
Both Jon Miller and Dave Flemming on the Giants' broadcasts will occasionally work in a reference to OPS or WHIP, and I'm pretty sure once I heard Miller talking about OPS+. They'll reference them when they're relevant to the situation, in a tone that's neither cheerleading nor mocking.
Neither Kuiper nor Krukow will ever get there. And that's okay too.
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