It seems counterintuitive that baseball players have been evaluated by the eye test for over a century and now teams are abandoning that approach all together. The eye test is the layman’s term for evaluating a players talent strictly on the basis of what a scout can see. This approach has been around for as long as baseball has been played. However there are now complex statistics that create a new formula for signing players onto a team. One stat in particular is considered, among baseball analysts, as the scale for a players worth to his team. This stat is Wins Above Replacement, or “WAR”. WAR calculates how much better a player is than the league average for his position on purely a statistical basis. While statistics are important, they aren’t the end all be all for how good a player really is. Most general managers and front office executives are either new era statistical evaluators or old school scouts. Neither approach is nonsensical and both have proven to be successful, so the next step should be an appropriate blend of the two.
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