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On a previous visit, the effort was made to convince fans who were youngsters in the 50’s and 60’s that advanced metrics are really more telling than just the stats on the back of a baseball card. A good friend of mine, who was born in the 40’s and might be the world’s most avid Willie Mays fan, isn’t quite ready to convert. However, after realizing that WAR (Wins Above Replacement) showed the “Say Hey Kid” as one of the top five players in the game for 13 consecutive seasons, he said, “Willie for sure got screwed out of the MVP Award several times.”
Didn't Baby Boomers invent sabermetrics? Weren't they the first consumers of sabermetrics?
Bill James (b. 1949) is a Baby Boomer himself, and when his first Abstract was published in 1977
I don't think any of you actually know what a Baby Boomer is.
1973 - Tom Seaver 11.0, Bert Blyleven 9.9, Joe Morgan 9.2, Dwight Evans 9.0 and Bobby Grich/Pete Rose 8.3
Bill James has said on occasion that he thinks Darrell Evans is the most underrated player ever. Now I believe it. He's so underrated that he doesn't even get credit for the 1973 season listed above, where the credit for such a great season is being given to his also underrated twin Dwight Evans.
I stopped reading here. If the only reason you like a statistic is because it reaffirms your preconceived notions... well, you're beyond help. That's not sabermetrics. It's the antithesis of sabermetrics.
Have you found the defensive ratings to be effective in showing you that the best fielders don't necessarily make the fewest errors but are the best at eliminating hits? If so, which games have you found to be the best at showing this?
Given a choice between having a conversation about Willie Mays with a guy who saw him play, and having a conversation about Willie Mays with a guy who knows his career BB-WAR totals...I'll go with the first guy.
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