I don't know how many of you get the MLB Network , but it has an interesting show called MLB Now. It is a pardon the interruption style debate show. Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds argue baseball topics based on two distinctly different positions. Brian Kenny comes from a sabermetrics "new school" point of view and Harold Reynolds comes from a scouting "old school" point of view. They seem to actually vehemently disagree on some topics not just staged to take a certain side like PTI or Around the Horn seems to do.
I tend to lean more towards Harold Reynolds point of view especially today. Brian Kenny went as far lately as saying baseball should get rid off the wins and loss records for pitcher. He also said that baseball should get rid of errors for fielders, batting titles, and the triple crown.
I think WAR is a good statistic to measure all around performance of a player, However, many people from the sabermetrics camp see it as an end all be all statistic. In 2012 Alex Gordon is the tenth best player in the majors with a 6.2 WAR. Darwin Barney would be the 23rd best player in the majors with a 4.7 WAR. Darwin Barney strictly when it comes to WAR is better than Albert Pujols, Dustin Pedoria, Prince Fielder. Joe Mauer, Brand Phillips, Adam Jones, Josh Hamilton and many more. To say that WAR is the best way to determine the overall value of a player is going way out on a limb. Baseball as much as it has always loved statistics. Is still a game where you need to use your eyes to evaluate. I am not saying one way is better than the other. A combination of both using your eyes and statistics to evaluate a player is probably the best way.
What you guys think about the show if you have seen it?
Also what do you think about sabermetrics in general?