People have different reasons for blogging, tweeting, discussing, or just watching baseball. The game’s numerous facets allows most people to find some aspect to enjoy in their own comprehension. From the players, to the numbers, to the narratives, to going to a game and enjoy a beer, or watching it with friends on your couch at home, it’s easy for even the most antagonistic of minds to find a commonality.
I know where I stand when it comes to baseball, and most regular readers are aware that I’m objective. I come from a scientific background, international law to be more specific, where it’s important to keep an analytic frame of mind despite your own prejudgments. Though my reasons for watching baseball have changed, I have been a Yankee fan my entire life. But the romantic side of baseball has largely disappeared, especially in my blogging, and I can’t even remember the last time I wrote something subjective. It’s hard for me to imagine having a favorite player nowadays. I love the numbers, not the players.
I think my story is very similar to the majority of other bloggers and readers. If you’re reading a blog like this one, chances are that you enjoy the same type of statistical-minded analysis that I do. The evolution of sabermetrics has undoubtedly changed the game for front offices, but it’s also changed the game for fans. I don’t have any evidence, but I would hypothesize that the newest generation of baseball fans are the most analytically minded, and it’s created a culture that cares less about written narratives and more about actual numbers.
That doesn’t mean fans are any wiser, or appreciate the game any more than older generations, but I think most heroes today are based on statistics. While the majority of the Baseball Writers Association still wants to swear Jack Morris into the Hall of Fame, there is a counter-movement, even inside the BBWAA, that’s beginning to fight off these “clutch” type players due to his overall career performance. Morris postseason contributions might be Hall of Fame-caliber, but today’s crop of fans don’t believe in clutch players. They see a career ERA+ that’s barely above average.
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