Have 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.