I am becoming increasing annoyed with each baseball article I read written by a so called expert. With the popularity of Moneyball and certain sports blogging sites like FanGraphs, I cannot read a single article without seeing WAR, wOBA, WHIP, pitch f/x and regression to the mean. Although regression to the mean does remind me of a statistics course I took in college. Ahh, coeds.
Let's do a random trial. Open up ESPN.com in a new browser window (you don't want to close WSC) and click on the first baseball article you see. I bet you a grilled Chicago dog there will be at least one sabermetric mention. If you want to take it a step further, scroll down to the comment threads and read a few of the comments. These nerds baseball fans all think they are the next Bill James. I got into an argument with a reader recently when I said Matt Kemp and Justin Upton were the two best hitters in the NL West. My observation was hit over the head with WAR reports and average OBS on Tuesdays, when playing in a night game and down three runs in your home ball park.
Can we all just stop and watch the game? This just in: Billy Beane and Theo Epstein are not going to read your 2011 Baseball Doctoral Dissertation and say, "We need to hire Jimmy from Spokane. He lives in his mother's basement and knows all about z-swing%."
This is coming from someone who loves baseball statistics, Moneyball, Jonah Keri's The Extra 2% and even attended a SABR Conference (Society of American Baseball Research... talk about a pocket protector convention). So please, for the good of baseball, shut up and watch the game. Use your eyes, not your WAR report.