Re: The Color of Clutch
Originally Posted by Sea Ray
I'd say the take home is "clutch exists but we have not yet been able to harness it with a stat."
This is a frustrating reality for some folks intent on proving everything with numbers. Not everything can be reduced to stats and this is one of them. Further complicating this is that there are clutch batters and clutch pitchers. In fact you'll find fierce competitors at the top of every sport.
There is nothing frustrating about it. If it's effect is too small to be measured without great gnashing of teeth, then, frankly, it's so far down on the list of inputs into a decision as to be useless. In fact, it's best not considered because it leads to errors.
Again that's not frustrating-that's a definitive, informative declaration of meh.
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner