BDD: No More Records

At Baseball Daily Digest, I argue that W-L for pitchers should be scrapped entirely, as it is a vestigial metric.

Is the use of W-L the biggest issue in baseball today? Not even close. It’s one of those issues that are small in relative meaning, but if changes are made, it can affect an entire fanbase’s perception of the game. We have seen how the ubiquity of the save statistic has altered how managers utilize their bullpens; discarding W-L can have as strong an effect, if not greater. All it takes is an open mind.

Also, the Braves traded three players to the Pirates for Nate McLouth.

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  1. ShooterB

    June 04, 2009 02:51 PM

    A gunpowder and musket reference? I like it.

    It probably is the most useless stat in baseball. But to challenge the W-L record is to insult the great legacy of Bartolo Colon & his Cy Young award. And you wouldn’t want to do that.

    Also, I like the way you just toss out the McClouth news as a sidenote – “Oh, by the way…the Pirates trade away their only remaining player of any value and get jack squat in return.”

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