Great Moments in “gobbledygook”

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Sometimes they find villages of people who have had no contact with modern society. Sometimes, they find sports writers who have had no contact with baseball since at least the mid-90s. Here’s Jerry Green of the Detroit News, apparently advocating for Brandon Crawford for MVP or something:

And if you don’t believe they gloat, take a look at the website Five Three Eight with its numbers-ingrained copy.

We are now inundated not only by numbers, but also by initials. MVP is old-fashioned. Now we have WAR, OPS, and WHIP. WAR translates into wins above replacement which translates into gobbledygook.

The Sabremetrics fanatics are cheering because Trout finally is the MVP. That award was totally deserved — this past season — because his ballclub finally finished in first place in its division. Not because he led all comers in WAR . . . I now have an offering for the Sabremetrics fanciers. They should add a category — PUP. PUP is quite simple. It stands for Performance Under Pressure.

While highly mockable — especially his consistent misspelling of “sabermetrics,”  I don’t offer this link just for mocking purposes. I offer it to point out that Mr. Green here has a Hall of Fame vote and will use it this winter. And that there are many folks like him who likewise have Hall of Fame votes.

Enjoy!

Pirates suspend Keone Kela two games for contract violation

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On Monday, the Pirates announced the club suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified contract violation. Kela will begin serving the suspension tonight.

Kela, 26, went on the injured list in early May with a right shoulder injury. He was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis for the last week and a half. Prior to the injury, Kela posted a 4.63 ERA with an 11/4 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

After sitting out Monday and Tuesday, Kela can rejoin the Pirates on Wednesday in the middle of their four-game home series against the Cardinals.