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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I didn’t know Lebowitz even had a show on Family Radio! (must be on after that uplifting Beyond Intelligent Design program)
What does any of this have to do with baseball? Perhaps more than one might expect. In the last decade, baseball has been overrun by a seemingly countless number of “stat-heads” extolling the virtues of “advanced metrics”. They’ll say that their statistics — usually based upon a confusing algorithm and often truncated in a similarly perplexing acronym — are the end-all, be-all way to analyze the game, moreso than the ages-old “eye test” of trusting what one sees when they watch a ballgame. These people are entitled to their opinion, to be sure, but the fact that so many followers of baseball — long-time scribes, former players, and the vast majority of fans among them — reject many of these principles seems unusual. If this “informed” way of thinking really was as advertised, wouldn’t it be embraced by more of those closest to the game?
...Whether it’s the failings of the sabermetric community — until recently — to account for the importance of team defense or Camping’s erring for a second time on his forecast of the demise of human civilization, it should be clear to any rational being that there is plenty of truth in the old adage (or counterargument) “sometimes, numbers do lie”. How often they do so, particularly in relation to baseball, is a debate that will probably continue until the end of time. Some will continue to swear by VORP, WAR, and the like. Others will prefer to watch the game in peace, and make judgments based on what they see — agree to disagree, and all of that.
Hey, it’s not the end of the world.
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