Preaching to the Choir
I'm especially struck by this statement:
Hmmm, MtGrizzly thinks to hisself, that just don't seem right. So I goes to TangoTiger's site for an explanation of WAR.
How to calculate WAR
OK - honestly, not much help there. I'm less interested in how to actually calculate WAR than I am in its utility, its bias and its weakness. It seems that while a lot of the complicated stats like this do illuminate something that others don't, it also seems like they tend to leave a corner of the room or two in the dark. I intuitively like a stat that accounts for offense and defense, while making position adjustments to come up with an overall value. But this one just seems too...tidy.
So Matt, Sandy, Shields, Doc, anyone...help a fellow out? Is WAR as nifty a stat as it seems or is it, like the song, good for absolutely nothin'. Huh.