Wow! The one that sorta started it all…the 10-year adversary of the legendary stats-vs-scouts roundtable discussion at Baseball America!
Ten years ago, Alan Schwarz spoke with Eddie Bane, Gary Hughes, Gary Huckabay and Voros McCracken to discuss the risks of high school pitchers, the use of minor league statistics, plate discipline as a tool and much more. BA takes a dive into the archives to present it here.
Imagine there’s no baseball stats
It’s easy if you try
No WAR below us
Above us only RBI
Imagine all the players
Bunting for today…
What if we didn’t keep stats?
What if the only stats recorded were team wins and team losses?
And then — as long as we’re fantasizing — what if all the money were put in a pool and players were paid based on how many wins their team had?
How would the game be played then?
Right now, players play to put up numbers. That’s how you get paid. And ...
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