Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 9/2/13
Baseball has always been a game filled with numbers. This is how we compare and contrast players and teams and there is no shortage of statistics in order to do so. With that being said, someone is so against the pitcher win stat that they decided to create a White House petition to ban it via an executive order. The petition reads: The win is an ineffective tool in pitcher evaluation, far outliving its usefulness as pitchers no longer pitch complete games. Focusing on wins as a method of pitcher effectiveness gives a distorted and inaccurate picture: 1. Pitchers can perform well and receive a loss or no decision through lack of run support or poor team defense 2. Pitchers can perform at a subpar level and receive a win if their team has excellent offense 3. Relief pitchers can record just one out and receive credit for a win. Eliminate the win and develop more effective statistics to measure pitcher performance. At the time of this writing, the petition had 66 of 100,000 signatures needed by September 30.
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