Re: Are you a OPS geek?
Yes I am. OPS has been proven beyond all shadow of doubt to be an excellent indicator of offensive production. Teams with the highest OPS score the most runs. It is a much better stat for evaluating hitting ability than batting average (where all hits count the same and walks don't count). A home run is clearly better than a single, but they both count the same for batting average. If you use inferior stats you will get inferior results.
As time has gone by, baseball people have spent a lot of time processing the huge amount of data accrued over the years. It is easy to spot trends regarding what works and what doesn't. High OPS has proven over and over to be the best strategy for building a team. If you don't put high OPS guys on the field then you will not win. It is pretty simple. Those that don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it.