This thread started with a fantasy debate, but I put it in this forum since I think it has implications for the real game as well. Since a lot of my threads hit the fantasy forum and die, I thought I'd try it here first, but I have no problem is someone wants to move it.
The debate is with another owner in my fantasy league about whether we should replace the SB stat with SB-CS. It is one of 10 offensive stats we use, and his argument is that we should factor in CS because the most important part of a base stealer is his efficiency, which should be around 3/4 if he's helping his team. My argument is that for the sake of our league, which uses a H2H scoring system, SB is just fine because when a player doesn't manage to get a SB, he is already penalizing his owner by not adding one to the weekly total.
Anyway, at the risk of turning this into another Willy Taveras thread (not my intention), I'm interested in what people think about this, both in terms of fantasy sports and in terms of the real game. It strikes me that SB are a truly unique stat, because they are one of the only offensive measures that don't revolve around hitting ability. That is, a player's SB ability and efficiency obviously affect his overall offensive value, but his hitting ability only contributes to the amount of SB situations and attempts he gets--not to his efficiency. Right?
I've seen some pretty amazing, long quadratic equations recently to try to measure the overall effect of player speed, too... and if people are interested in discussing this, I'll go dig them up on-line.
What say you?
Edit: I started this with my thoughts on fantasy, but I think a more interesting topic might be speed and baserunning metrics in general--hence the change of title for the thread.