Statistics sometimes tell the story
A Win Share is a number that covers offense, defense and, if the player in question is a pitcher, pitching.
1. It puts pitching and offense in the same context.
It manages to compare the apple with the orange.
2. It takes into account defense. Do defensive stats still have a long way to go? Yes, but compared to where they were 20 years ago, they have already come a long way and Win Shares does a full accounting of the up-to-the-minute improvements.
3. It cuts through the vagaries of time. The 26 posted by Pie Traynor in 1925 has the same basic meaning as the 26 posted by Vernon Wells last year.
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