Re: 1/4 Mark NL and AL MVPs
Originally Posted by dougdirt
Let me further note that I like RBI, because as 757690 noted, they do represent actual runs scored by the team and you can't win without scoring. RBI are a good thing to have. But I do think they are a can be indicator of a players value.
Sure. This is the nuance that is lost though. If you have RBI and other things that make up for its deficiencies, then RBI can be helpful -- part of the picture. But once you add in those other things, runs, stolen bases, etc. why not just look at the more well-rounded stats to begin with?
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.