Harold Reynolds Hates On Your Stats, Sabermetrics…Face

haroldreynoldsHave I ever mentioned how great Harold Reynolds is? He’s great. He really is.

Reflecting on my earliest memories of the Seattle Mariners, two lasting images come to mind: Alvin Davis’ moustache, and Harold Reynolds’ afro-jheri curl. You can’t deny that the man had style.

Once you factor in his termination from ESPN for giving hugs, as well as his penchant for providing commentary at the Little League World Series back in the day, you end up with an all-around good guy who is tough to dislike. That’s basically Harold Reynolds in a nutshell.

Now, however, there is a new reason to love Harold: He speaks honestly and truthfully about his disdain for sabermetrics. Particularly, the infamous OPS (on base + slugging percentage) stat.

In his latest blog post, Harold talks candidly about how dumb he thinks OPS is. Many of us reference OPS every day (especially those of us who play fantasy baseball), but that doesn’t change the fact that the stat is a little rough around the edges. For as smart as sabermetricians are supposed to be, it’s a wonder they can’t figure out a better way to decipher the worth of a hitter than by adding together the values of two separate stats. It’s elementary, at best.

Harold challenges the sabermetric way of thinking, and as many of the comments on his post suggest, he is basically greeted by the same anger and ignorance that I was when I wrote a column about the ineffectiveness of sabermetrics.

Yep, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Harold Reynolds. And if you don’t, then you probably aren’t a fan of hugs, either. So suck it.

4 thoughts on “Harold Reynolds Hates On Your Stats, Sabermetrics…Face”

  1. You will never, NEVER see a sabermetrician claiming that OPS is the end-all when it comes to performance. It’s not even close. There are plenty of better metrics and anybody who spent more than 2 minutes looking up stats would realize that. WARP, VORP, EQA, WPA, etc. You’re speaking from ignorance.

  2. I’m a little late to the party here but….wow. You truly have no clue what you’re talking about. OPS as the be-all end-all sabermetric stat? Like Will S. pointed out, there are several others and that’s not even mentioning the best one (wOBA) which was invented by Mariners consultant Tom Tango. Seriously, man, read up on this stuff before you click publish.

  3. OPS is a great stat to reference quickly because it does have an extremely high correlation to run scoring, and it’s easy to find…but like these guys above me said, there are tons of stats out there that explain much more, and they’re becoming much more accessible, as well.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s