A couple of points in regard to JimiL comments on the previous draft related fanpost. I made them there but realized I'd missed the boat on that thread:
1) The Average Fan - Well, I think it depends on what your definition of the ‘average fan’ is. How do you yourself define that? The connotation for me is a casual fan. I think it’s fair to say that someone who dedicates less time to following the organization would be in possesion of less information on the ‘topics of the day’, no?
2) Sabermetrics - I think each stat is part of the piece to the larger puzzle. It’s not about completely dismissing average, at least as far as I’m concerned, but looking at average as well other stats to gain a better understanding of a player's value. I don’t think it has to be one or the other. As far as the value of a walk, Joe Posnaski wrote this a while back, the position he cites is that 50 walks have equal value to 33 singles:
I think we get too caught in defending certain stats as antiquated or as esoteric from an ideological point of view. When really additional means of quantifying a players performance just provide additional means to understand their value. It doesn’t mean dismissing average or ‘eye test’, etc.