Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part III
posted at 8/5/2012 4:30 PM EDT
On this tread there has been a running dispute about
which numbers should be counted or not counted, and how,
which numbers should be emphasized or deemphasized, depending in part upon the player's position and when the numbers were put up,
the relevance of MiL numbers,
the relevance of age in judging catchers,
the relevance of a player's "traveling history" to a current judgment,
the importance of assumptions and methods that lie behind the development of stats.
There have been varying interpretations on all of these points and on an overall assessment of a player's value.
Given all of this disagreement on the relevance, ranking, relative importance, and interpretation of stats, perhaps posters should eschew claims of substantiation and definitiveness. And be slow to make peremptory judgments.
I note that in my research to educate myself in the new, or newer, metrics
( research prompted largely by Moon but also last year somewhat by Harness ) the same sort of disagreements take place amongst "experts" in the field. This goes on in all fields, including the exact sciences. All the more reason not to make "definitive" claims for one's own slant or "evidence."