WHIP, SLOB, and VORP

John Thorn talks about risk and randomness in baseball

38 seconds

"The statistics are devoid of meaning because they're devoid of attachment. Stat mongering has replaced rooting. People think that because you can measure something you know something about it and what you know is what you can measure, and what you are unaware of is the un-measurable. And randomness is given a certain base level of ability—and everybody in Major League Baseball has that base level of ability—randomness is the elephant in the room. And statistics will not account for it. And it is randomness and risk that provide the delight of baseball. I embrace story."