This is an entirely personal observation on my part.
I have been a baseball fan my entire life, starting with my childhood hobby of collecting baseball cards. I memorized the stats of every player, batting average, home runs, RBI, ERA, wins, strikeouts, etc. When most kids my age were listening to the latest rock songs on the radio, I was listening to Marty and Joe, falling asleep to the sounds of late night west coast road trips.
I watched every baseball game that would be televised, the Cubs and White Sox on WGN, the Braves on TBS, the Reds on WLWT, every game shown by ESPN...
I considered myself a diehard baseball fan, never simply just a casual fan. When Redszone started, I was one of the most prolific posters.
Not long after, on base percentage and slugging percentage were the most popular stats used to rank the talent level of hitters, along with the combined OPS stat. I accepted it, and figured it out.
Then more stats appeared, like isolated power, batting average on balls in play, WHIP, and many others. I think there are stats used to determine the effectiveness of warm up pitches and time it takes a hitter to get from the on deck circle to the batter's box. Our eyes and observations don't have any bearing on the game anymore, it's all about numbers, some of which have formulas so obviously complex you have to have a doctorate to even begin to understand how they are calculated.
I'm going to be honest, I don't get all of these stats. I don't know what half of them mean or how you arrive at them. I'm 33 years old, probably the median age of Redszone posters. I'm in tORG because I was grandfathered in. I don't post nearly as much as I used to, because tORG posters demand a high level of Reds baseball discussion, which apparently means that EVERY thread we have anymore is filled with these complex stats and formulas that only calculator toting SABR fans can grasp. I'm not hating on those of you who love these stats and understand them, and I don't think I'm any less a baseball fan for not getting them, though the tone of many threads leave me thinking that I might be. I never liked math, and I never will. I do love baseball though. I like watching games and cheering on my favorite team.
I don't know if this is discussion worthy or not, but it's been on my mind for a while, and I just thought that if I was thinking it, maybe there are other posters out there who feel the same way I do.