Originally Posted by Ohayou
I'm not sure I'm seeing your point. Fact remains WAR is a subjective, arbitrarily invented formula which I find to be horse crap and not representative of the real world. But then again, I've actually seen baseball games and played a bit so I probably don't know what I'm talking about.
It isn't arbitrary. It is pretty darn accurate at predicting actual team wins. The person who invented it clearly saw baseball games, otherwise they would have had no interest in creating such a start.
It isn't a perfect stat, none of them are, but it is fairly sturdy as one of the best ways to determine who is in what category of ballplayer (scrub, regular, above average, all star, MVP/Cy Young).