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A Mainstream Advance for OPS
2003-03-19 09:19
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

OPS has crossed over. This week, it makes what might be its first appearance in a mainstream news magazine: Newsweek. The headline and subhead read:

State-of-the-Art Stats
Forget about batting average—that’s so over. Today’s big-leaguers are measured by fancier formulas

The article is very much on the introductory level, but definitely serves its purpose of making people aware of the limits of traditional statistics.

From the article:

Only a few teams have fully embraced the stats revolution and some remain adamantly opposed. Seattle GM Pat Gillick, who has built powerhouse teams in several cities, insisted, “We’re not on OPS yet,” adding, “Frankly, I don’t know how much more technology we need in our lives.”

Could OPS actually be the straw that breaks the too-much-technology camel's back. Lights, radio, television - all okay? OPS - too much?

Something tells me it's okay to get on board, Pat.

In fact, it's definitely time for the local media to follow Newsweek's lead. Vin, are you listening?

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