Urge wrote:Here's what I think the baseball writers would look at:
Vlad is the only AL guy top 5 in AVG, HR, RBI.
Manny has 2 more homers than Vlad but is lower in the others but a good margin.
Until they change the triple crown from using the big 3 it won't matter how many obscure stats Manny beats him in, Vlad will still be the MVP.
Those stats i mentioned aren't obscure. They can be easily found at ESPN.
I agree some writers are still stuck with with a 80's mindset, that things like rbis still carries weight with some. But MLB is catching on fast. Many teams have gms or personal very well schooled in sabermetrics. Oakland, Toronto, St.Louis, Boston to name a few. Even Gammons, Stark, Kurjian are familiar with some. There are countless books, sites on the subject. Expect it to keep growing. Might as well come in and check it out.
Rbis are team dependent. Really does a injustice calling it a individual achievement. Average doesn't tell anyone how many times a batter actually got on, or made a out. Hrs are only a piec of slugging%. Why use bits and pieces when you can look at the whole big picture?