Over at ESPN.com, the excellent Jim Caple published an article entitled “Let’s Corral the WAR Horse” in which he argues against the use of WAR as “THE definitive evaluation of a player’s worth.”
It’s a good article, but I’m not sure who it is that he is arguing against.
I have been a proponent of advanced statistics since I was in high school, discovering sites like the baseball cube and Baseball Think Factory. The Cube provided unbridled access to statistics at players across all levels of the minors and even in college, and Baseball Think Factory provided an incredible forum for people interested in baseball to discuss and analyze most nuanced parts of the game. The work at BBTF has helped lead to advanced things like WAR, ERA+ and VORP, but also simpler things such as studies about run expectancy (whether it’s good to bunt when down by one with a man on first in the ninth inning).