Hell…even Hummer Winblad sounds like a scout’s dream.
Bill James started this Sabermetric movement in the early 80’s, claiming that by using complicated data you can predict every outcome. They also believe that you can predict a players future worth so when a player hits a down trend it’s time to let him go. Johnny Damon was a good example, Boston let him go because of back to back down trend years yet, Damon made several playoff runs with the Yankees and Rays, while Boston hasn’t been able to get past the first round. It takes the human factor or clutch play out of the equation.
The numbers guru’s don’t believe that clutch hitting exist, sitting a their computer crunching numbers would have had guys like Reggie Jackson on the bench. Reggie was a below avg. fielder, struck out too much yet come playoffs “Mr. October” would come to life with multiple home run games and clutch hitting.
...Personally if you look hard enough at stats you can find one to justify almost any decision. People that back sabermetrics,think they know best and if you don’t agree with them it’s because you don’t understand baseball. I played ball til I was 40, coached 20 seasons, and managed to put 18 of 20 into the playoffs, won 2 titles, none of them with sabermetrics. I think it’s time that we return baseball to the way it was meant to be played. Team chemistry, clutch hitting, heart, old fashion hard work, and putting the human factor back into America’s game.