Well the Mariners magic ran out of juice today In Minnesota due to the inability to get a big clutch hit when it counted allowing the Twins to snap their eleven game losing streak with a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to win it 3-2. Now I
know some of you don”t believe in words like clutch hits, team chemistry or hot streaks as they don”t fit into cute little sabermetrics stats that attempt to put everything into precise terms and thus take the mystery and fun out of this great National Pastime of ours known as baseball.
So in honor of the release of the movie “Moneyball” which is coming out this week I just want to go on the record to say that the Sta-Geeks have gone to far and that they are ruining baseball. I am not alone with this opinion as evidenced by the article put out today by Jason Whitlock at Fox Sports : http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/sabermetrics-moneyball-stat-geeks-are-ruining-sports-092211
I started this Mariners Blog last season as a way to express and share my love for the game of Baseball. Sadly the Mariners have had two terrible seasons despite employing sabermetrics types in the front office,which has made this team tough to follow but my passion for the game seems to drive me on. I guess there is no known advanced metrics formula to measure committment to this game but I suppose I have a high WAR in that area and I have a feeling I will out sit a lot of the Stat-Geeks who seem so cold and unattached to the beauty of this game.
I realize that most of the attention in the Mariners Blogosphere goes to the more established Blogs like USS Mariner, Lookout Landing and Sojo Mojo. And I even read these guys, but my perspective is more old-school in case you haven”t noticed. Perhaps I am part of a dying breed of Baseball Fans like Jason Whitlock from Fox who are trying to hold on to a more colorful and fun era of baseball where everything was not reduced to mathematical calculations. Well so be it, but I am too old to change now and I am not going anywhere for awhile so if any of you Stat-Geeks happen to be offended by my post or the one by Whitlock you may need to go read one of the Blogs that delights in always proving how superior they are with their new calculations and formulas. I love this game too much to reduce it to a mere science. Go M”s http://jeffsmariners.com