I started to wonder: Have I been too hard on saberfans? Are they really not as bad as I have made them out to be? Is this whole site completely misguided? (That sound you hear is the saberfans who stumble across the site nodding vigorously)
Fortunately, Rob Neyer restored my faith by providing this excellent example of saberdouchery:
The article has everything: Snark! Mockery of announcers! An irrational defense of sabermetrics! Instant dismissal of a person who criticizes sabermetrics! More snark!
Let's take a look at all the douchey goodness.
The article begins with Neyer taking issue with Braves announcer Joe Simpson. Simpson suggested that there is a mental aspect to pitching and that it might be tougher for some pitchers to succeed in late game situations.
According to Neyer, this is absolute nonsense. He probably would have been gracious enough to allow this comment to pass, but then Simpson had the nerve to suggest that sabermetrics (gasp!) might have been wrong about something.
That obviously crossed a line, and Neyer wasn't going to let Simpson to get away with it. He dismissed Simpson a Luddite who "wasn't interested in facts" and only sought to impress his fellow non-believers.
Next, Neyer takes a shot at Mariners' manager Eric Wedge. Wedge tried to explain the struggles of young hitter Justin Ackley, and implied that sabermetrics might be partially to blame.
Uh oh. Neyer's not gonna like that one bit.
Wedge notes that some people in the Mariners' organization are encouraging a more sabermetric friendly approach while at bat. As a result, Ackley has been too concerned with taking pitches and trying to draw walks rather than relying on his natural instincts.
I'm not going to deny that patience and a high on-base percentage are good qualities for a hitter to possess. But it is foolish to think that all hitters will succeed with a patient approach. There are some hitters whose success is based on a more aggressive approach at the plate
Ackley could be such a hitter. If he is indeed trying to be more patient in order to please some organizational figures who are stressing high OBP, then it seems entirely possible that the change could be affecting him negatively.
Neyer dismisses this possibility, and there seems to be no real point to the dismissal except for the fact that Wedge criticized sabermetrics.
Apparently, in Rob Neyer's world, Sabermetrics are perfect and never to be criticized. It's slightly frightening how obsessed he seems. He comes off like a top lieutenant in a cult.
"What do you mean The Leader is not perfect? How dare you spread such blasphemy! We must silence the non-believer! Burn him!"
|"Bill James - I mean, The Leader - is all knowing and all seeing!"|