So, I'm sitting here thinking, man, OPS is a BS statistic that has become popular because it's A) simple and B) get's you to magical numbers like 1.00. However, the stat is wholly fallacious, faulty and inaccurate. It's a statistic that attempts to represent a player's overall batting ability; however, OPS rewards those players with gaudy batting averages and hurts those players with pedestrian or below average batting averages. OPS represents a player AVG twice. It gets factored once in OBP and then again in SLG.
In my mind, it's more accurate to take the base OBP and add in (SLG-AVG[isolated power]). This is the true mark of OPS. The present OPS stat inflates guys like Pujols, Manny, Berkman and Dye and deflates guys like Giambi, Dunn and Glaus. For purposes of real baseball don't we want to know how many total bases and player has created? Then why do we count all hits twice? Doesn't make sense.
Under the present OPS system Giambi is ranked 9th, Dunn is 19th and Glaus is 27th. Under my proposed (to no one except the cafe) OPS, Giambi ranks 3rd, Dunn is 11th and Glaus is 13th.
Conversely, those benefitting from the present OPS are Miguel Cabrera(11th), Joe Mauer(14th), Chase Utley(18th) and Nomar(23rd). Under my system Cabrera ranks 18th, Mauer's 34th, Utley is 31st, and Nomar ranks 35th. Mauer's drop is indicative of what is wrong with the present system.
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