Lastings Milledge - ZumaPress

First of all, if you have yet to read Joe Posnanski’s thoughts on Wins Above Replacement (WAR), do yourself a favor and give it a few minutes of your time. Posnanski, with his authentic writing style, wide-ranging appeal and rational thought process, just might be the perfect writer to bridge the gap between old-school baseball fans and Excel-operating baseball nerds.

Posnanski does an excellent job of discussing WAR as a concept, mostly leaving the advanced mathematics at the door. But he doesn’t mention a key point, one that I think leads to much of the arguing about the metric. WAR is a context-neutral statistic. While this is also true of many accepted stats, such as batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, it seems to hurt the...

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