TELL YOUR STATISTICS TO SHUT UP

BASEBALL SABERMETRICS CHART

If you’re an athlete in today’s media climate, you know who SUCKS? Bloggers and sabermaticians.

Traditionally, most sports fans have received the news about their favorite sports team via newspapers, through beat reporters. However, as Mark Cuban pointed out recently, reporters are ALWAYS the “dumbest people in the room.”

With New Media there is always the opportunity to learn things you didn’t know before. For instance, the blog “Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness” just ran a post congratulating recently released Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Garret Anderson for having the “Worst offensive season in Los Angeles Dodgers history.”

COURTESY MIKE SCIOSCIA’S TRAGIC ILLNESS

MSTI then breaks out the sabermetrics chart to PROVE what a horrible piece of crap season Anderson was having. Sure, there was the guy ¬†who hit .139 with one homer and 15 RBI all year while playing catcher for for the 1909 Brooklyn Superbas, but since the Dodgers moved to L.A. in ’58, Garret Anderson is the worst hitter they’ve ever had. Before he was released, Anderson tallied a .181 batting average and a .204 on-base percentage. Anderson’s slugging percentage was a brutal .271. He had two home runs and just one stolen base in 80 games and 163 plate appearances.

Previously, in baseball history, no newspaper would have detailed Anderson’s failures so graphically. It’s not like The Sporting News in 1942 would have brutalized a nice guy like Anderson with such an article.

Welcome to today’s new world of media.

GARRET ANDERSON DROPPED THE BALL AS DODGERS OUTFIELDER

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2 Responses to “TELL YOUR STATISTICS TO SHUT UP”

  1. Wilson Fo-Nasty Fo-Sho Says:

    Print sports reporters never focused on athletes failures?
    There isn’t enough time to fully illustrate how your article is a complete waste of time. I will bother to point out that MSTI does explain that he understands it’s not GA’s fault entirely and that he’s a decent guy that happens to be on the very tip of the tail end of his career. But you would not want to mention that part of the article when it doesn’t serve your agenda.

    P.S. I read some of your blog. You’re not in much of a position to critique other writers’ motivations.

  2. XJT Says:

    Hey, a moronic baseball blog written by a sexist asshole! Yes, the world needs another misogynistic cretin swaggering around the net making stupid pronouncements and displaying humiliating photos of women. Bravo! What a mangly-man you are!

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