Let's corral the WAR horse

Useful? Yes. But the be-all of stats? A critical look at Wins Above Replacement.

Originally Published: February 1, 2013
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

I was tempted to begin this column with the almost-obligatory lyrics from "War," a No. 1 hit song in 1970. But when Edwin Starr sang that war was good for "absolutely nothing'' (say it, say it again), he was recording a protest against actual warfare. My protest, on the other hand, is about something much more widespread, threatening and serious.

I'm talking about the proliferation of WAR: Wins Above Replacement.

Wait! I'm not just some old curmudgeon sportswriter reflexively ...

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