Statistics are a set of numbers that can tell the story of a season with no words or pictures, but those numbers are slowly becoming a sea of confusion even some of the players don’t understand.
“There are so many stats today,” Brewers catcher Blake Lalli said. “I’ll admit, I don’t even know what some of them are. “
...While Fiers admits to paying attention to statistics during the year and even using them to improve him game, Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks tries to avoid them altogether.
“People get paid off stats and, of course, you want to have the best possible, but if you pay too much attention to stats it can hold you back from doing certain things in the game,” Weeks said.
However, with stadiums flashing new technology and bigger screens, it is increasingly harder to avoid the numbers.
“Stats are everywhere now,” Weeks said. “The jumbotrons are bigger than ever and in high definition. I even see stats when I’m fielding on the outfield wall.”
Fans of America’s game are inundated with these numbers as they sit in front of their television sets or in their home stadiums watching a game. But nothing will eliminate assessing a player purely from what he does on the field - without looking to advanced statistics.
“Some stats are good, but we are playing a team game,” Weeks said. “Sometimes stats won’t give some players justice.”