Husky basketball season ended a few days early to make sure we focus on the Mariners and Japan. With Chone Figgins less than 4 hours away from stepping up and seeing the first pitch, I’m here still talking about Tim Tebow. I’m sick of him (to no fault of his own, blame ESPN and any other sports outlet) but I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time and it seemed fitting to write it before the season began.
As you know if you follow along here, I think highly of the Mariners’ blogosphere. Lookout Landing is my favorite website on the internet. USSM is as smart and statistical proof-driven baseball blog as there is. Prospect Insider and Proball NW have good information, especially about minor league ball. Seattle Sports Insider is the blog I agree with the most, and always a fun read. I haven’t even covered Larry Stone, Geoff Baker, and a good amount of other good Mariner blogs. They all have good information, especially since the evolution of baseball sabermetrics have made them relevant in everyday baseball conversation.
The sabermetrics have made the game more fun, it’s easier to understand and more complex all in one. Usually the stats they show back up what they’re trying to prove and that’s what baseball needs after years of misleading stats like a pitchers win-loss record. But, as we enter the new season, remember that these metrics don’t tell it all. Here are 3 wide-ranging examples of why they aren’t the end-all in explaining a team.