Saturday, September 6, 2008
INDIVIDUAL STATS 2
Evaluating baseball players is not as hard as the stat geeks like to make it out to be. Baseball is a team effort, with the desired outcome for the team to win the most often. The players who help their respective team to the most successes are the players who are truly the best in the game. How do players achieve the best in the game status? Simply by helping their team to the most playoffs, pennants, and World Series Championships, the most often, and the most consistently. What more can a fan, manager, owner, franchise, ask of a player, than to help his team to these goals. All the individual stats in the world are meaningless (but for the fantasy world) if the player does not help his team win. You may be wondering how a player with great individual stats can not help his team. Because, it is never a matter of how many, or how much he achieves individually, but it is of the greatest value and importance WHEN he achieves. A game winning hit in the very late innings of a game is far and away more valuable to a team than a grand slam late in the game you are winning 10-0. WHEN, WHEN, WHEN, is the key, and WHEN determines the greatest of the great. But that grand slam can really make your individual stats look good while not helping your team one iota.