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First Pitch: Why Advanced Stats Are Better Than Traditional Stats

First Pitch: Why Advanced Stats Are Better Than Traditional Stats

If you've read this site for any amount of time, you've probably noticed that we use the WAR stat. A lot. The trade values series is based off WAR (although that wasn't originally designed by us). We point out WAR when talking about the overall value of a player in a given season, or to compare two different players. We use WAR when estimating what a player will receive through the arbitration process.

The WAR stat keeps baseball fans split. Some like it, and some hate it. You can usually tell who is in the second group. They're the ones saying "WAR, what is it good for?", like that's something that hasn't been said on every message board ever, three times a week since WAR became a popular stat. Earlier this week, Dave Cameron wrote a story on WAR at FanGraphs (titled What WAR Is Good F...

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