It takes a lot to out-Madden Madden…but with dripping pantothenic acid, Jerritol Green has done it!
I read the criticisms the other day in a windy article on ESPN.com, written by a blogger named Keith Law.
ESPN claims that Trout merits the MVP award — despite Cabrera’s possible Triple Crown — on the basis of WAR. This is not the kind of war that Ted Williams fought in twice amidst his Triple Crown-style seasons. Or the war that brought Willie Mays into the Army during his career.
It is that relatively new “Moneyball” style of crackpot Sabermetrics stat described as wins above replacement. Whatever that means.
Mike Trout’s WAR numbers are juggled into a figure higher than Cabrera’s.
Oh, my goodness!
WAR — and there are versions disseminated by both websites Baseball-Reference.com and fangraphs.com — includes more skills than pure hitting and hitting for power. Stolen bases are considered, a number that actually can be counted.
Fielding likewise counts.
Just how fielding figures in … well, you look and watch. And then guess, and perhaps the guess works. Or doesn’t. And then the figure person tries to measure how an ordinary replacement player might compare to the established high-skilled player.
Once upon a time, the MVP was not decided on the basis of some imaginary numbers that are jammed into a murky, invented stat such as WAR.