Posted By Jeff Fletcher on March 6, 2009 7:58 am
I am flat-out stealing this from the blog of Joe Posnanski — one of the best sports writers in the country, by the way — because I think it’ll interest a lot of you, even though it’s not directly related to the Giants or A’s.
Joe discovered this quote from 1993:
“The two most overrated stats in all of baseball are batting average and earned run average. I measure a player by his run production: Slugging percentage and on-base percentage actually tell you more about run production than batting average.”
Now, you’re supposed to guess who said that. Billy Beane? Bill James?
Nope, it was none other than Joe Morgan. The very same Joe Morgan whose broadcasts have become so filled with commentary that enraged the statistical community that he spawned a whole web site, Fire Joe Morgan. The site is no longer active, but it’s safe to say it still holds a place in history as being the epicenter of the battle of mainstream media vs. the numbers guys. The online version of Moneyball.
So what should we deduce from this 16-year-old quote? I’m not sure. Maybe just that hardly anyone is as dumb as he comes off in the blogosphere.