Since reading this little nugget by Murray Chass, I've had to check my calendar several times.
It's September 17th, 2015.
Moneyball was published exactly 12 years and three months ago. Fire Joe Morgan has been gone for almost seven years.
Once again, the year is 2015.
Ready for this headline?
BATTING AVERAGE JOINS PITCHING WINS IN BASEBALL’S ATTIC
This is not a "breaking news" item, Murray. This is a thing that has slowly happened as people gradually realized that thinking about stuff is good.
A “Keeping Score” column in The New York Times last week caught my attention with this start to a sentence: “While batting average may no longer hold much sway…”
When the Times created the Keeping Score column, I was a baseball columnist for the paper and I told the sports editor I thought it was a bad idea. It was mostly used to open the paper’s sports pages to statistical nonsense in which most readers had no interest.
Yeah, readers are far more interested in things written by old, out-of-touch people who say stuff like "Heavens to Murgatroyd" and reference current pop-culture icons such as Jimmy Durante, Oliver Hardy, and Stan Laurel. You wrote that column in 2006 for the New York Times. Two of those people died in the 60's. One died in 1980. "Heavens to Murgatroyd". But that stuff isn't "nonsense" to readers. Statistics with weird abbreviations are.