I'll be brief about something that kind of pissed me off. I can't remember if I was watching the MLB network or if it was an actual game, but the discussion turned to some of the sabermetric stats. I understand some peoples reluctance to accept to new ways of thinking. Baseball is a game based on tradition and stats like rbis and wins have been around forever. I just get pissed with people disregard the new stats and say some blanket statement like the game is played on the field, not on a computer.
The funny thing is if you sort by some of the newer stats like WAR or XFip it comes up with a list of players that most reasonable baseball fans would consider the best players. The backlash is usually aimed at the defensive metrics. Guys like Lorenzo Cain and Kevin Kiermaier get big time bumps as they are considered the best at their respective positions. Here is the top 30 position players in Fangraphs WAR.
|Josh Donaldson||Blue Jays|
|Yoenis Cespedes||- - -|
|Russell Martin||Blue Jays|
|Xander Bogaerts||Red Sox|
WAR wasn't designed to be the end all of stats. Even in the glossary section of Fangraphs it states it is best used with other stats to get a gauge. How could you really argue with the top 4 this year?
Really the only surprising names on the list are Kiermaier and Matt Duffy. Kiermaier is basically the right field version of sabermetrics darling Alex Gordon, and Duffy has flown under the radar.
Don't get me wrong, some sabermetrics guys come off as blowhards just as much as the staunch traditionalists. I just think it is time for people to accept that these stats give a much better idea of a players value than avg,rbis and homers.
I could keep ranting, but I'm short on time. What do you guys think of advanced statistics? Has your local broadcasts started using them?