I've always been intrigued about the possibility of creating a points league based off of some of the runs estimation methods
out there. Have pitchers and hitters both rewarded in the exact same categories - things like outs, singles, doubles, triples, home runs, bb + hbp, intentional walks, sb's, cs, gidp and k's. You would also need to add in runs scored on an out and runners advancing on an out so as to not penalize players that move up runners (especially bringing them home) when they make an out. For pitchers you use the exact same categories but flipped around - it would be based on how many of those things they allow.
By doing this you're creating a point system that simply rewards players for doing the things that lead to run creation and in an amount appropriate to the positive or negative effect that event has on the chances to score a run. It's then completely separate from the number of runners on base, situation, etc. All that matters is the performance of each player in the vacuum of each individual plate appearance.
Anyone know if any of the stat services out there would support a wacky point system that has the following categories both for pitchers and for hitters?
RAO 0.0097 (credit to batter when runners advance on their out)
RSO 0.6794 (credit to batter when runners score on their out)
I simplified the runs estimator survey there to remove some of the baserunner driven stuff. Basically the points system would have those exact categories with those exact weights for both pitchers and hitters with the pitchers getting the negative value of all of those categories when they allow/induce those things to happen.