Re: Anger Thread...
posted at 1/5/2012 1:29 AM EST
In Response to Anger Thread...
[QUOTE]I must get this off my chest fellow Sox fans, I hate, no I really hate, no I DESPISE The W.A.R. statistic. I understand this new era of sabermetrics but this stat is just plain stupid. If you didn't have a player such as lets say Ryan Braun on your team, you wouldn't have some back-up schmuk like a Jay Gibbons starting 162 games instead of your star. You would go out and get another player similar to Braun's caliber for a cheaper price, if money is an issue. When comparing players WAR shouldnt be used, because, well it looks just plain stupid. End of rage.
Posted by RedSoxFan2OO4[/QUOTE]
If you are going to gripe about WAR, at least gripe about the ridicuous salary earned thing Fangraphs attaches to it.
Or about the fact that Fangraphs and baseball-reference.com each calculate the stat differently using proprietary formulas. And not only is BR.com barely sortable, they break it down way too much.
But per your gripe, I don't think you get how it is used. Or, at the very least, have trouble expressing it, undoubtedly due to your WAR-based anger. Or perhaps you are channeling the late Edwin Starr, immortalized forever for those timeless words - "WAR! Huh! What is it good for? About $450,000 per win!!! Good God y'all!"
He hated sabermetrics, too. So ahead of his time in so many ways...