Originally Posted by mound_patrol
I'm definitly a Stat guy. It's guys like Ryan Freel who can deceive the eyes into thinking they are actually good because of their constant hussle and dirty uniforms, but his horrible On Base Percentage show he doesn't really contribute to the Reds. You're eyes also see a big lumbering guy like Dunn and think he is always dogging it because of his appearance.
You can also tell by watching that Freel takes circuitous routes to the baseball, a trait that is not easily quantifiable.
Many metrics help fans understand a player's approximate contribution in a certain facet of the game at a glance; many can be just as deceiving as trusting one's eyes too much.
OPS is a nice quick-and-dirty metric (as it combines OBP and SLG, the two "common" rate statistics which most closely correlate to run production), but it is imperfect unless combined with perspective, such as level of competition, ballpark effects, etc. I won't blindly "refuse" to use it; however, I will quote OPS with its numerous caveats understood.