Re: Poster of the Year Award
posted at 1/4/2014 4:32 PM EST
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
"My understanding of statistics was not as good as 30 Something/Val."
When it comes to understanding and interpreting statistics, there is no one as good as Val, aka Thirty Something. I wish he would return to these forums. The man is pure genius.
No disrespect intended to Val or to you, but this forum is much more than who understands the statistics the best. Thats only part of enjoying the forum. Some posters do not post statistics at all, and thats fine with me as long as they are civil; some post them rarely; and some are addicted to them, which is also fine. Val was/is certainly one of the best at what he does, but that does not necessarily mean that if he were here he would be on the top 10 list. For my part I think the civility, repect, and tolerance of other posters is more important. Those qualities support the structure of this forum from which the content can flow more easily.
I agree Pumpsie, stats are a very small part of this forum and VERY misleading at times. If you know the game, can critique a players ability and articulate yourself well to others it means much more. I only use stats to prove certain points where some use them as the basis for most of their threads. For instance, stats like OPS and CERA are two of my favorite to pick on every time they are brought up. CERA has never been recognized as a valid stat by any of the experts, this is a fact that can easily be researched. OPS is only as good as how you reasearch it. A player can rarely get on base but have a great SLG percentage which completely masks the fact he really can't hit, yet it still shows up as a solid OPS which some feel means everything. I would personally rather have a well balanced SLG and OBP type player in the lineup that actually helps our teams cause.
With that said, I also remember (Thirty Something) and agree he was a very solid contributer. I always enjoyed reading and discussing his threads, not sure where he went and don't see him on other forums.