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Numbers donít tell the whole story.

Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:56 pm

At issue: As much as we can break down games into statistics, especially baseball, how limited are numbers ability to tell us about a complete player?

In other words: What players are better than their stats? Derek Jeter in his prime immediately comes to mind. Ben Roethlisberger is another. What other athletes do you think rise about the level of their numbers?

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Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:30 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 8:52 am

Numbers donít tell the whole story.

Maybe. I'm no sabremetrician, so cannot speak authoritatively. I do wonder, though, whether they think as highly of Jack Morris as he merits. I write this, because, superficially, his strength was unique in my experience of the game. His ERA was never as low as it might have been, because he was wont to give up excess runs, then bear down on himself and shut the other side down like Bob Gibson. With Jack, it really was ALL about the winning or the losing. Any stats guy who isn't SCREAMING to anyone who'll listen that Morris belongs in the Hall is a poseur and a half-a**.

Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:22 pm

Numbers donít tell the whole story.

The most over rated statistic is the pitchers won-loss record.  Perhaps at a time years ago before the ready availability of player stats it sufficed, a time like that may not have awarded a Cy Young to a 16 game winner like Zach Grienke in 2009. or another the following year to 13 game winner Felix Hernandez. 
The 2005 season of Roger Clemens is worth noting a the model for poor run support.  His record that year was 13-8 with a 1.87 ERA in 211 innings.  the Astros which averaged 3.5 runs for Clemens that year failed to score at all in 9 of his 32 starts including 3 games they lost 1-0 in extra innings.  Baseball-Almanac and Baseball-Reference have put in our hands the tools to fairly judge a player if we choose to use them.

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