Re: Who are your favorites for AL/NL MVP?
I am not a statistician but I do refer to WAR as one tool to use in evaluating players. I certainly cannot debate the accuracy and merits of WAR with those who are more learned than I am in how to calculate WAR.
However I am also very skeptical of those who seem to argue that because Smith's WAR score is higher than that of Jones, the subject is closed and Smith is indisputably the better player.
I can recall that Pete Palmer was rightly praised 30+ years ago when he came forward with his innovative Linear Weights system of evaluating players. He deserved the praise but eventually others, such as Bill James, demonstrated that Linear Weights was also deeply flawed, especially in its evaluation of defensive skills. As one example, at one time Linear Weights showed Johnny Bench to be one of the worst defensive catchers ever. For that matter, at one time Linear Weights showed Ferris Fain as having had a more valuable career than Pete Rose.
My point is that while WAR and other current sabermetric ways of calculating the value of a player almost certainly are more advanced and accurate than other calculations were decades ago, we are not talking about divinely inspired, infallible methods of evaluating a player.
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