WHIP, SLOB, and VORP

Andrew Zimbalist talks about baseball as an individual game

48 seconds

"As we've industrialized and become more of the scientific society, we become more and more an empirical society, more and more a society that seeks to quantify all the things that we do. And baseball, of course, lends itself much more to that kind of quantification in performance than the other sports cause the other sports are very collective in their production. Baseball is collective, too, in the sense that you have a team. But you can be a great batter, witness Barry Bonds, for instance, who plays on a on a very weak team and still be a great batter. You could break all sorts of records by yourself. You don't need to have somebody great batting before you or after you. You can stand out by yourself. And that happens in baseball. I think, in that way is emblematic of the, the quantification of performance in our society."