Originally Posted by Cooper
1. I know WAR measures running ability and it will make or break a players perceived value - but is it going to measure a lot of little things a guy like Hamilton may/may not do
Hamilton has the speed to break WAR. With him, it's not just how many extra bases he takes, but how many extra bases he takes that almost no one else can take. And he might just set a new bar for stealing 1B. Think about how that affects BABIP. The other team effectively got him out, at least it did what would get most every other player out. Yet there he is on 1st ... and now he's on 2nd ... and now he's on 3rd ... and now he's crossing the plate when, dammit, he should have been out.
That doesn't even touch on the errors he might induce. Billy Hamilton has the potential to be the New Math. How we think about the game, how we crunch the numbers - that could be in for an overhaul.