bklynkenny wrote:I meant commissioners of deeper leagues tend to use holds as a category more often than commissioners of shallower leagues.
I'd be curious about the data here, because my gut tells me that's not true. This is completely anecdotal based on what I've read around here over the years, but I feel like Holds crop up more in the "better than beginner, but not expert" leagues that are looking around for extra categories. I think people gravitate toward it because it's a counting stat for pitchers (which are few and far between relative to hitters) and it makes you think you're doing something useful with middle relievers.
Personally, I think it's a crap stat. Not only is it purely situational, it's even worse than Saves or Wins are rewarding "good" pitching. Because all you need for a Hold is to pitch in relief with the tying run on deck and get one out, you can walk the bases loaded, get one out, and record a Hold. Even if the next pitcher gives up the lead because of guys you put on base, you get the Hold. If you want to increase the value of middle relievers, use K/9 or K:BB.
Here's a stat I wish people tracked- the Quality Inning. You pitch an entire inning in relief, allow no more than 1 hit OR walk, don't hit a batter, and don't allow a run.