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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 12/29/18

The legal issues with the Cuban posting system; WAR for any sport

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FanGraphs | Sheryl Ring: The MLB-Cuba posting system is pending approval from the federal government, and it could be dead on arrival. If the government finds it is in violation of the embargo, which it is wont to do these days, then it could be squashed before it is tested out.

Tangotiger Blog | Tom Tango: There’s WAR for baseball, but what about other sports? That’s easily possible in, say, hockey, where instead of 10 runs:1 win it’s 6 goals:1 win, and you can assign value to each aspect of the game and apply it together. This can be applied to football for offense/defense, and really another sport where we know what the average performance is and then WAR is applying a more trivial replacement setting.