The last month has embarrassed the sport of baseball.
...I reached out to see why the BBWAA seemingly ignored WAR. Mark Feinsand, the New York Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News who argued that Derek Jeter and Rafael Soriano were more valuable than Cano, was gracious enough to respond. He didn’t believe in the value of WAR because Baseball Reference and Fangraphs used different formulas to calculate it.
That’s a fair point. If one metric is supposed to be the be-all, end-all, why can’t anyone agree upon the variables used to calculate it? However, that misses the larger point. There is no such thing as a perfect metric, so why not use something that comes as close as we can?
...Moneyball, however, remains a concept some writers (and fans, for that matter) don’t understand. It’s new, it’s progressive, it’s different. We know all too well how some people respond to things like that. To be fair, I should credit the writers and fans willing to adapt and attempt to understand new-age statistics.
I wrote a column a few weeks ago about how the Baltimore Orioles were lucky this season because of their astounding record in one-run games and extra innings. Rather than providing any sort of rebuttal, one person sent the one-word response of “#########” and another posted “Your a douche” in the comments section. One piece of feedback I received was to not be so negative toward the Orioles.
Statistical analysis isn’t meant to be positive or negative. It’s meant to describe what we’re seeing in much better detail. Whether we want to listen tells us how much we’re willing to progress.
Posted: November 23, 2012 at 07:56 PM | 6 comment(s)
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