Yea, but at least Michael Kay uses RISP and RISP and at times RISP.
As a statistics-minded fan myself, I had always harbored the belief that Cohen secretly sympathized with the “Stat Guys” in the Insider vs. Outsider, Scouts vs. Stats fault lines that have defined the sport’s discourse for the past decade-plus.
Not so, I found out. I asked Cohen about this, and, to use one of his favorite words, I was disabused.
“People who write from a remove have a different perspective. Either it’s a lyrical perspective, which is nice, or a statistical perspective, which is also useful. But when you’re actually up close and understand the human beings who play the game, it gives you a better perspective,” he said.
He does read various Mets blogs, he told me, citing the “incredibly well-written” Faith and Fear in Flushing, along with Amazin’ Avenue, as two of his go-tos.
I asked him if he had plans to increase the focus of statistics in the telecasts, the better to appeal to what I assume would be a more stats-savvy viewership going forward.
“Statistics have their place: Advanced statistics can tell a sometimes better story than standard statistics. But that’s never been the focus of my broadcasts and it’s never going to be,” he told me.
“That’s not what people want to hear. There’s a small percentage of people who want me to talk about xFIP or WAR. But 99 percent of them do not. Most of them want to hear about the players, and the stories surrounding the players. Because numbers don’t play the game. Players do.”
Posted: February 22, 2013 at 06:05 PM | 24 comment(s)
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