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Whitlock: Stat geeks ruining sports

I thought this article pertained to much of the discussion on BE in regards to "who's better". For example, I get annoyed when PER is used as gospel. Advanced stats have certainly helped the game, but it has gone too far IMO. From the article: "There’s a stat for nearly every action in baseball. Little is left to the imagination. Sports were never intended to be a computer program, stripped to cold, hard, indisputable, statistical facts. Sports — particularly for fans — are not science. Sports, like art, are supposed to be interpreted. It’s difficult to interpret baseball these days. The stat geeks won’t let you argue. They quote sabermetrics and end all discussion. Is so-and-so a Hall of Famer? The sabermeticians will punch in the numbers and give you, in their mind, a definitive answer. It’s boring. It’s ruining sports."

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