If there is one beef I have with the sabermetric based writing community is the occasional feeling that perhaps the general reader is being alienated or made to feel stupid. Advanced statistical analysis in baseball has come a long way and while there is no doubt it has changed the landscape of baseball debates it can leave some readers feeling despondent, frustrated and annoyed.
While I also tend to use the more advanced stats when doing an analysis piece I am also aware that you can never say many things in baseball with 100% certainty – with the exception that Delmon Young is an awful defensive player as some facts require little explanation. But you will see that callous and smug tone from time to time that the argument or point being made is absolute.
When I started this new blog I wanted to do the best analysis possible and to do that in my opinion you have to use the best tools available. For us baseball nerds, those ‘tools’ are the advanced stats provided by the good folks at Fangraphs, Baseball Prospectus, Baseball Reference etc.
Not using the absolute best data available is akin to Roy Halladay not using his cutter, just plain silly. Although the new metrics/stats can be intimidating at first glance once you learn them you realize your baseball knowledge prior to knowing them was well, rudimentary. If you care enough to be a well informed baseball follower why be an analog player in a digital world?