|Albert Pujols is one player that sabermetricians and old-school baseball types can agree on.|
Fans have spent years devouring information about their favorite player's performance on the field. In part, it's because they seem to be so straightforward. In other sports, a player's true talent can be hidden to a certain extent by his numbers. Does a defensive lineman have a small number of tackles because he's not good, or because a team fears him enough not to run anywhere near him? In baseball, if you're talented, the numbers will show it; after all, you can only intentionally walk a player so many times.
Complex and detailed stats are nothing new, but several factors (fantasy baseball, Moneyball, the media debate between stats and scouts) have led to a greater awareness of just how many there are. In the process, fans have had to decide just how much stock to put into these numbers; is it worth signing a clubhouse cancer over a model citizen simply because of five points of VORP? How do you determine a player's value, SportsNation?
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