The argument isn’t about whether numbers can determine a season’s quality; it’s about which numbers.
“It doesn’t make much sense to me to be arguing about this, to tell you the truth,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
...“If you’re going for a Triple Crown, that’s an MVP season,” Gardenhire said. “He’s got his team in a playoff hunt. Whether they get there or not can’t solely depend upon him, but he’s the reason they’re in it right now, and that’s an MVP. He’s the best player in our league.”
Maybe someday WAR, BABIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) and RC27 (Runs Created per 27 outs) will replace the old stats as the new standards. But for those who came up memorizing batting averages and RBI totals from the backs of baseball cards, they’re still relegated to the fringes of the national pastime.
“All I want to tell you is if you’re going to for a Triple Crown, and you’ve got (Cabrera’s) numbers, you can SABER all you want to—those numbers blow your mind,” Gardenhire said. “And I know Trout’s do, too; those are good numbers. And a couple other guys have decent numbers. But look at Cabrera’s numbers; that’s ridiculous. That’s right up there with some of the best players in baseball (history).”
Posted: September 22, 2012 at 06:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
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