stuff i dont like about 'em...
players in the past were somehow superior that the current players and theres just no way that current players can measure up to old players. the game today is worse than it was in the "old times".
If anything, the opposite is true. there are a lot more people now than compared to the past. for ex. the population now is almost three times the population in 1920. which means a LOT more talent. also in a lot of cases, the old players mentioned played a large part or even their whole careers during WW so the talent pool was even shallower.
"the MVP has to be from a playoff team".
it's about who the MOST VALUABLE player is... means the player who has contributed the most to his team.. if a team doesnt make the playoffs, it doesnt mean that a player on the team's isn't valuable. it's NOT the best player on a playoff team award.
Cy Young has to win 20 or he's not good enough.
do they even realize how utterly useless and circumstancial wins are as a way of judging pitchers ??? i truly feel sorry for RJ.
"stealing bases wins and fast runners on the bases help teams win and speed is essential. "
the truth is that stolen bases are overrated in today's game. it has been mathematically determined over and over that a success rate of anything less than 75% actually harms the team. on average, getting caught stealing usually harms your team twice as much as it would've helped if the attempt had been successful. the problem i have is not necessarily with stolen bases but how much the "old-schoolers" overrate it and how they are abused by some managers. if youre able to achieve a 80% success rate when youre stealing, it's fine by me. just dont get thrown out 4 out of 10 times because it actually hurts your team.
the gist is, in the "old times", when no one used to hit home runs, stolen bases, sacs bunts etc. were cooler cos the run expectancy wasn't that high and adding one run meant much more than it does now. the risk was actully sometimes worth it. the "old schoolers" dont realize the change in the game and value steals etc. as if it was still 1905. in today's game giving away outs like that just isnt worth it.
and then people say that having fast runners on base helps even if they dont steal.. thats not totally true as well. even though the runner distracts the pictcher but he also distracts the hitter as well, even moreso than the pitcher according to some studies which suggest that hitters actually hit worse when theres a "speedy" runner on base. also hitters quite often take strikes in order to allow a runner the opportunity to steal. taking all those extra strikes reduces the quality of the at-bat and the probability of the hitter getting a hit.. ya know, yet another way steals can come back to bit you in the ass.
edit: changed title cos i didnt like it.