Thursday, February 21, 2013

This means WAR

ESPN's Sam Miller explains all you need to know about WAR. Here's the second paragraph from the end -- 

Yet baseball's front offices, the people in charge of $100 million payrolls and all your hope for the 2013 season, side overwhelmingly with data. For team executives, the basic framework of WAR -- measuring players' total performance against a consistent baseline -- is commonplace, used by nearly every front office, according to insiders. The writers who helped guide the creation of WAR over the decades -- including Bill James, Sean Smith and Keith Woolner -- work for teams now. As James told me, the war over WAR has ceased where it matters. "There's a practical necessity for measurements like that in a front office that make it irrelevant whether you like them or you don't."

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