The WIN METHOD blog has been used for over 1 1/2 years now by knowledgeable baseball fans. It is fully understood by young and old of all genders, except by those who are unwilling or unable to understand. The WIN METHOD is a two part process for discovering and selecting the best players. In this blog entree, we will discuss only the evaluation of a player after each year and over his career.
Stat users evaluate players based on their individually attained stats and then claim who is best based on that criteria. That may be fine if baseball was played only for what each individual can attain for himself and the heck with his team. But baseball is played for the team to succeed and the success of any team is based on what all the players contribute to help the team to the most success.
When using the WIN METHOD, you must evaluate players as equally as possible. You cannot take a starting everyday player and try to compare him to a bench player of another team. Only the stat frauds would do that, and they have. It is best, when at all possible to try to compare players at their position. First baseman to first baseman, catcher to catcher, outfielder to outfielder, starting pitcher to starting pitcher, closer to closer, etc.
It is most difficult, even for the WIN METHOD to compare players from the many different eras over baseball history. It is best to compare players from players of the same era. Then to realize that the best players who helped their team to the most success were just that, the best players in each era. Right now we will just touch on the present era, something we are all readily comfortable with.
As has been discussed in previous blog entries, we all know just how misleading individual stats can be. The WIN METHOD uses stats only to visit player traits. Home runs hitters have power, stolen base leaders have speed, etc. The WIN METHOD uses the players ability to help his team win and succeed. This can be achieved by a bunt, a sacrifice fly, moving a runner, a game saving defensive play, turning a double play, and other intangibles. Wins and success of the team, are the reason the game of baseball is played. Wins and team success is the only way players should be evaluated each year and over their career. When a player helps his team succeed with lesser stats than the stat frauds individual achiever, the first thing you hear is the stat guys team mates stink or look who the team success player played with. Stat frauds are good at demeaning team mates of the individual guy and demeaning the winners if the winner has lesser stats. Let them play in the mud and splatter themselves.
In this era, the players who help lead their team to the playoffs, pennants, and World Series the most, are the best players in the game. No, the 25th player on a playoff team is not better than the top player on a losing team, but he is for darn sure better than the 25th player on any of the losing teams. There is absolutely no reason to evaluate players on anything but for why the game is played. But stat frauds need fodder for their fantasy leagues, so they use individual stats. In the mean time, the WIN METHOD players walk off with a World Series ring or two on their fingers, and in some cases a fist full of rings.
WIN METHOD fans, don't ever let anyone tell you the champion or the winner is not best. Laud and praise the champion while always recognizing the feats of the individual. It takes great talent to gather and attain great individual numbers, but always remember, the goal of a baseball game or season is for the team to win, not any individual. The WIN METHOD recognizes the best because they win. The best always win, no ifs, ands, or buts, no excuses. WIN METHOD fans leave that to the stat frauds.