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Statistics and other nightmares

Baseball these days seems consumed with statistics, but in an odd kind of way, it always has been. The reason is that it gives the ordinary fan a way to talk about how good (or not) a player is without an entirely subjective vocabulary. Besides, it gives oldsters a way to prove that the old timers really were better than these young upstarts (they weren’t, but don’t say that too loudly).

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