Originally Posted by Milw
This. I've never understood the extremist positions in this debate. People who ignore data analysis are stupid, but no worse than people who dismiss intangibles.
Nobody would disagree with that. The only people who think there's this giant class of baseball fans that ONLY care about stats and not traditional scouting and intangibles are the ones that ONLY value traditional scouting (a la Hawk) and think that any time someone mentions something like FIP, BABIP, or, god forbid, WAR, means they must hate the human element of baseball.
Stats make baseball better. Not worse.