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  1. It is true that if the Orioles were winning the mood in this thread would be different. But I think most of it's said in this thread is accurate, even after you account for the negative effect of a losing home franchise.
  2. And I suspect that most of this change has occurred over the second half of the 2010's, not the first half.
  3. Sure, it's a combination of factors (and that's why the trend continued after they removed PEDs). I just went with the easy headline.
  4. The interesting for me in these stats (good work) is that, though there is a trend from 1989 to 2019, the 1999 and 2009 numbers are closer to each other than 1989-1999 and 2009-2019 are. That tells me that baseball did not change as much in the 2000's, but that there were big changes in the 1990's (we already knew this, PEDs) and 2010's (I at least wasn't so aware of that, probably the juiced ball and analytics). The bottomline is that the game has changed a lot over the past decade, right before our eyes.
  5. While homeruns and strikeouts are essential components of the game, there is a certain threshold above which their frequency becomes detrimental to baseball. Both HRs and Ks are basically non-plays. Infielders, outfielders, runners, no one plays. In a sport where action is already limited, an overabundance of HRs and Ks makes the game hard to watch. The only part I disagree is about "robot" umpires. I think this is long overdue and can improve the game.
  6. W's should apply only to starters. It's really a meaningless stat for relievers. The O's certainly will take that W though. What a game.
  7. Thanks, that's my point exactly. You forgot to mention that a team can start in the 4th division and rise to the 1st if they are well-managed and have (or acquire) enough fan support. The quintessential American rags-to-riches story. The problem with American sports leagues is corporate socialism. The owners protect each other and the government protects them all by giving them anti-trust exemptions. You can make a lot of money in socialism, at least the corporate kind. Do not kid yourself, many industries in the US operate exactly like this. In the US capitalism is for the little guy only, for the rich mostly it is corporate socialism.
  8. This kind of aberration is due to the absence of relegation in American sports. Teams have no incentive not to stink egregiously except for losing money at the box office, but even that is smoothed out by revenue sharing. It's the most anti-free-market system imaginable, in the Land of the Free. And it's getting worse. You are going to see MLB teams lose 130 games soon.
  9. No player is untradeable but the Orioles would have to be blown away by an offer to trade Mancini.
  10. Uli2001

    WAR is a JOKE

    Well, I never said Trout wasn't the better player.
  11. Uli2001

    WAR is a JOKE

    Fair reply, thanks. But why do we need to have statistics for everything? Is everything in the game of baseball even measurable? Can Robbie Alomar's impact on defense be encapsulated in a stat? I think these are important questions.
  12. Uli2001

    WAR is a JOKE

    Rhetoric is a device of speech, which allows one to convey a point more economically. It has nothing to do with sincerity. For example, a rhetorical question is not a really a question, but that doesn't mean the speaker is not sincere. When I say "I know what OBP is but I do not know what WAR is" it does not mean that I do not know what WAR is. It mean that it is not an objective, well-defined metric.
  13. Uli2001

    WAR is a JOKE

    I see that some of you do not understand rhetoric.
  14. Uli2001

    WAR is a JOKE

    You're right I don't understand the stat. Do you? What does wins above replacement even mean? I know what batting average, OBP, RBI, and slugging percentage are. I don't know what WAR is.
  15. Uli2001

    WAR is a JOKE

    Thanks, that's my point. He is not creating twice more runs than Alomar, so why is his WAR two times larger? And since his defense is not better, perhaps his WAR should be closer still to Alomar's. Defense will never be measured accurately by statistics, anyway. Defense is in the eye test. Fielding percentage, DWAR, forget it. You know defense when you see it and Alomar was one of the best defensive 2Bs ever, and according to many, the best.
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