Of course it doesn't....
Such a bold statement from a place where absolutes aren't exactly accepted. Have we came to a point of completely wanting to eliminate any human element? Do humans no longer experience overwhelming emotion?
Then to argue that a few rookies did just fine compared to some playoff vets really doesn't prove anything. The emphasis put on experience is most likely completely overblown but, allot of ex players aren't just saying this to say it. I imagine it helps some and others it doesn't and even if that help is just to be more relaxed.
I'd be on board with this if it was saying doesn't help as much as portrayed.
Yes, and it's ****ing irritating.Have we came to a point of completely wanting to eliminate any human element?
Since I hear far more often that experience doesn't help in the age of numeros, I think it's become underrated. Not extremely underrated or anything, but there's no way experience doesn't help even a little. Consider winning an aggregate of many things - big and small. Talent, ability, and production mean more but that doesn't mean experience doesn't help.
That's all narrative. It has no place in baseball analysis.Have we came to a point of completely wanting to eliminate any human element? Do humans no longer experience overwhelming emotion?
Therein lies a big part of the disconnect between numbers-crunchers and the rest of us. A lot of sabers make these sweeping statements such as players never get locked in, or that they aren't affected by clubhouse dynamics, which seems to be the opposite of what we know goes on in every other human endeavor.I'd be on board with this if it was saying doesn't help as much as portrayed.
The best sabers -- the smart ones -- say only that numbers cannot show these things. Unfortunately, their movement has been taken over by idiots like Rob Neyer and Keith Law, who think if it isn't shown in statistics, it's absolutely not true.
Victory Faust's characterizations of the "number-crunchers" are about as objective and accurate an assessment as your normal Green Monster denizens' opinion of the Yankees.
I do not know any sabr-heads who, utilizing statistical analysis, advance arguments disputing that players are influenced by club-house dynamics for instance.
This is not a shocking revelation.
The problem with the people saying we are taking away the human element is they are talking about psychology. They are applying their arm chair psychology, slightly projecting, and then saying it matters. They have no actual understanding of psychology, but they think we should listen to them when they bring it up.
Last edited by Jamiecballer; 10-08-2013 at 09:23 PM.
That is interesting
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