This will be my last post ever on these forums, so I thought I'd go out with a rant about the killers of old school baseball. I'm sure this will get deleted because this board is infested with statheads who don't like objective viewpoints, but oh well.
Let me make sure all statheads know that I don't necessarily view that term as a bad thing..so to speak. I see statistical analysis as a PART of the evaluation process. I think it is important to have statistical information as one factor of the evaluation process when debating the value of a player to a ballclub, or whether to draft college or high school players. The problem that I have - whether it's this discussion or in the "Moneyball" debate - is the fact that some people place too much emphasis on statistical evaluation. I was speaking to a friend about the Atlanta Braves recently. He said the influence that Charles Thomas has or has not made in the clubhouse is not important in judging his value. That's consistent with the approach used by Billy Beane and the other statheads. Billy Beane downplayed the role of traditional old-school scouts and even of the manager. So I'm sure he would not value the contribution of a player who has come into the clubhouse and created energy and given the team a spark. Certainly not. There's no stat to put on that in his mind.
Let me ask this question - Are the reasons teams win games all based on stats? What if a player backs up a play at the plate and prevents the tying run from scoring, is there a stat for that? But in the manager's eyes, he knew what it did to help save the game.
I guess my point is that I just don't understand the exclusivity statheads place on statistical evaluation. There are typically no "other factors" taken into consideration when debating these subjects.
Or, let me put it this way. If baseball players were robots rather than humans, then statistical analysis would be all that you would need to put a team together or explain success or failure. But human beings have a psychological component that robots do not; as such, no attempt to reduce baseball to mathematics will ever suceed. There are too many intangibles to actually believe you can win this game with numbers.
Have run laughing at Rico the Retard and his 100 inane posts a day that you deem as humorous. Although...it's sad when someone is ostracized on an internet message board for having contrasting opinions, yet a complete fool who does nothing but spam worthless banter is embraced. The human mind...so complex.
New Zealand Fan - Remember what I said about Jaret Wright being better than Bartolo Colon. Wright so far - 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
Rico the Retard
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