Well, we're about half an hour from breaking the internet, as the announcement of the American League Cy Young will send everyone scurrying to their keyboards. There are two likely outcomes:
* Felix Hernandez wins, leading stat guys to declare that a new day has dawned in baseball, and Yankee fans to decry CC Sabathia getting ripped off because after all, he had 21 wins.
* Sabathia wins, leading stat guys to melt down and spend the rest of the day calling BBWAA members dinosaurs.
I'd call myself a sabermetric moderate. I think many advanced statistics are useful, some are not, and the discounting of the human element is ignorant.
Unfortunately, one of the country's more accomplished baseball writers poured a bunch of fuel on the stat guys' fire with an incredibly nonsensical blog entry today. Murray Chass, retired longtime baseball writer for the New York Times , rages against the idea that a guy with 13 wins could get the Cy Young because "good pitchers find a way to win." Read it if you could use some eye-rolling exercise.
The Yankees’ CC Sabathia won 21 games; no pitcher won 20 last year. Sabathia’s feat should count for something, but in the new age, the standard that stood for excellence for more than 100 years means nothing. It is ignored. It is not a factor. The stats capellers know better and have better standards.
Well, yeah, there are better standards than wins. You don't have to be a member of SABR to understand that. You just need an open mind.
-- David Andriesen
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