It’s interesting to devour — and be amused by — sabermetric stats like WAR, VORP, PECOTA, WHIP, and UZR, but I always believed that traditional methods of scouting and evaluation trumped statistical data.
However, the presidential election gave more credence to such metrics when you consider how dead-on sabermetrician Nate Silver was in his projections the past two years. Silver, a former Baseball Prospectus contributor, made his mark in baseball, but his political career is probably taking off as a result of nailing the election.
As one new-wave general manager sarcastically said, “So data really is important, huh?”
Yes it is. And there’s no doubt that the Obama campaign used a lot of data and metrics to win the election by pinpointing swing-vote districts to concentrate on.
Yet, the two teams that made it to the World Series, the Tigers and Giants, were the least sabermetric organizations in baseball. And the Giants, who are so true to their scouting and old-fashioned baseball methods, have won two championships in the last three years.
...10. I’ve studied and re-studied the numbers, and the AL East opponents he faced throughout his career, and I’m convinced now I will vote for Mike Mussina for the Hall of Fame.
11. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Mike Piazza will all get my Hall of Fame vote.
Posted: November 12, 2012 at 05:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
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