Traditional stats are just as valid a part of the baseball conversation as sabers. It's all about how you put it into context. Jomota nailed it when he said sometimes, you just don't need to dig so deep into the hows and whys when you're talking baseball. Traditional stats are the whats. Sabers are the hows and whys.
A guy hits .300 it's good. A guy hits 20 or more homers its good. A guy hits 90 or more RBI. Good. Now, many of us at that point would leave it at that and go about our busy lives, head to our jobs, pay the bills, fight with our wives, girlfriends, whatever.
But some of us want to do a little exploring. And that's fine too. You want to delve deeper into whether that .300 BA was really good, fine. And it's true, sometimes a .300 BA is misleading.
But not always. So we don't always need Saber to further explain things. Sometimes its nice though.
The problem is when Saber becomes the first reference of conversation. It's just not necessary. To use a simile, starting a baseball conversation with Saber instead of traditional numbers would be like a doctor first examining your heart with an X-Ray machine instead of a stethoscope.
"Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting. Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order."