Re: Salty's defensive numbers
posted at 7/24/2012 12:48 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Salty's defensive numbers
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Salty's defensive numbers : Once again --- and again and again -- I don't "ignore" stats. I decide how valuable this or that stat is in relation to other criteria, and sometimes question the methodology that produced the stat. Do you know how every stat you rely upon is produced? I have as much right to my method of evaluation as do the producers and consumers of stats. If you prefer what the producers are giving you and buy the interpretation of those numbers, you have every right to do so. Has it ever occurred to you that "my opinion" is based on a respectable way to evaluate catchers?
Posted by expitch[/QUOTE]
I am not bashing Salty. I have never said or felt that he should be replaced by Lavarnway. In fact, I've said the opposite. The only thing that I have said is that I don't think that Salty is as good defensively as some people give him credit for, but I also have said that I think he's developing and improving nicely. I also have never said that watching the games and the players is not important.
My opinion has not changed regarding the need for defensive stats in addition to seeing what the players do on the field. If one thinks that one can fully evaluate a catcher's defensive ability by what he sees on the field, disregarding the stats, that is his prerogative. I happen to disagree. Why is it that teams employ both scouts and stat geeks?
I certainly meant no personal offense to you in my posts. Poor choice of words, I guess, on my part. I apologized twice to you for whatever I said that might have offended you. I apologize again if you were offended.
If you feel the need to respond by calling me a liar, presumptious, and arrogant, and by implying that I don't know anything about the pitcher/catcher dynamic or about the assumptions/methodologies that are used to employ the stats that I quote or that I don't know what I'm talking about, that is your prerogative as well.
But responses like that bring a Socrates quote to mind....