Originally Posted by 757690
But you can say that of every stat, even OPS+. Even WAR. They all have deficiencies and issues, and none, not even OPS+, not even WAR, can be used singularly to tell us how valuable a player truely was to his team.
To me RBI's is one of the more important stats in understanding how valuable a player was to his team, because they directly measure the most valuable commodity in baseball, runs. They tell us how many runs this player directly, actually helped produce for his team.
OPS+ and WAR aren't perfect, but they paint a far, far more complete picture than do RBI's. If no one is on base for a player to drive in, that doesn't mean he is less skilled as a hitter -- it just means he plays for a bad team.