Over the years I’ve had all kinds of stats pushed my way, all kinds of number senarios and so on.
The problem(s) associated with the entire process is the parrell that’s draw between the professional ranks and those of the ameture ranks.
In the professional ranks, we’re talking money, and money runs everything… I mean everything. From the first “carding” of someone to the livingroom meet, to the farm systems, right to the front door of the show. Fundamentally we’re talking continuity, and lots of it. There’s a business sense that drives this endevor and it’s that product that’s placed in full view – by the expertise of the best promoters on the planet. That product is the player and all that real estate, caps, T-shirts and whatnot that your money can buy. Then there’s the backdrop of your local sports page, talk radio, Hollywood, international relations and so forth.
In no way can the amateur game lend any creditability, alluding to, or even asimilating the environment of the professional game and as such, the validity of any number associated with performace(s) makes little sense.
Too many uncontrollable variables in the amateur game. Travel team players vs park and rec players, who-you-know rosters compared to competitive placement rosters, coaching disparities galore, the ups-n-downs of amateur umpire credentials, and the list goes on.
Now I know others will differ with my observations – but, anyway you cut it – by age, by position, by geographical location, etc., as far as pitching is concerned, I don’t see a stat being worth much. Base on balls, strike %, and that ever so holy grail- the ERA, gets kind of sloshed around based on so uncontrollable inputs.