The Math Problem


"The underlying assumption [of sabrmetrics] is that a team is just the sum of its players, and that the real world works a lot like a fantasy league." ... "They become so obsessed with the power of base runs that they undervalue the importance of not being an asshole, or having playoff experience, or listening to the coach. Such variables are the sporting equivalent of a nice dashboard [of a car]. They can't be quantified, but they still count." Its unfortunate to see such an uniformed rhetoric on Grandland. While the battle to inform the masses may be unimportant to most, those who have a broad audience have a duty to understand not fear subject matter they don't fully grasp. UPDATE: More from the great Bill Petti shortly!