Originally Posted by bounty37h
Im with you. Played 19 years of baseball, never once referred to it, never even cared. I think some people rely on stats too much, and dont simply enjoy the game as it is-I like to watch the game, and at the end tell if a player is decent by how he plays, not his stats.
Without using statistics at the very least in rudimentary form, there is no possible way, even by "watching the game," that you can tell a 40 double guy from a 30 double guy, a .300 hitter from a .275 hitter, or someone who gets on base 220 times from someone who gets on base 200 times.
Though I played 13 years of baseball, I am now firmly ensconced in the "geek with a computer club." Valuation and estimating future production must have a basis in metrics, otherwise such endeavors are nothing more than guesses.