I love statistics, but…
As I stated in my previous post about Larkin vs. Surhoff, I’m not mathematically inclined. I look at the classic raw numbers: home runs, RBI, batting average, etc. I don’t understand OPS or SLG or the other statistics that are often fodder for fantasy baseball blogs. Well, I kind of understand slugging, but I still like homers and ribbies better.
Yes, there was a bit of tongue-in-cheek in the last post. There is no doubt in my mind that Surhoff will at most receive two votes when he becomes eligible for the HOF (incidentally, he’s not even listed among the players eligible for 2011). Larkin, on the other hand, should receive some consideration his first year (2010). He may not make it in his first few years, but I do think he will make it eventually. I’m still not sure if this is because of my Cincinnati ties, or if it is a feeling shared with other baseball fans across the country.
And I’ve got to give a shout out to the fine folks over at Baseball Think Factory who linked my article and resulted in some nice discussion on their site. Perhaps my comparison of Bill James to Steve Sansweet was a bit of a stretch, but you have to give props to Sansweet for his knowledge of the Galactic Empire.