Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 1/23/12
My uncle, who drank liquor, smoked cigars and loved his trips to Atlantic City, never struck me as a particularly religious fellow. But he used to have a sign in his store which read: In God we trust, all others much pay cash. The stathead version of that credo is: In God we trust, all others must supply data. Which gets to the heart of the intangibles problem – how do we properly account for something which cannot be measured? Some people throw up their hands and say that if you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist. But I don’t think that’s the right way to go, any more than it’s the right thing to assign mythical powers to the Jeff Francoeur and Paul Lo Duca types in the world. I do think there’s something to the intangibles that some players bring to the table. But I think that generally these things are vastly overrated and that they don’t go to the players that the mainstream media would like you to believe. I really do not care if Player X is great at giving quotes to r...
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